Frequently Asked Questions

What we do...

  • Adopt animals to forever homes
  • All cats/dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on all shots, before they go home
  • Accept animals whose owners have passed away
  • Accept animals who's owners are moving and cannot take them.  Note: You NEED TO CALL before you bring your animal to us, as we need to make sure we have space for your pet.  If we are full, you will be placed on a wait-list
  • Accept animal surrenders 
  • Educate the public on the humane treatment of animals.  We can even come to your school or club to speak on the topic.  Just ask us!
  • Participate in Ontario SPCA education and awareness programs ex. No Hot Pets, 
    Have a Pet? Get a Vet! etc.
  • Employ a visitation program with our adoptable cats to various long-term care facilities within the City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Provide access to an in-shelter Pet Food Bank.  For more information, click here!


Adoption Fees 

How much is it to adopt?

Kitten - $280              Puppy - $465
Cat - $280                  Dog - $390
Senior Cat - $200      Senior Dog - $260

Note: fees are subject to change without notice.  
Contact us for prices on small animals (ex. rats, rabbits, birds, etc.)


How can I donate?

You can donate on-line, call us at 705-878-4618, mail us a cheque or drop-by in person at 107 McLaughlin Road, Lindsay.

What can I donate?

We accept monitory donations and item donations.  Please, refer to our Wish List, by going to our Donate page and scrolling to the bottom - look for the Donate Products button.

Do you take credit card donations over the phone?

Yes, we will take your credit card donation over the phone.  Please ask us about our Monthly Donor program. This program helps us to be better able to predict our monthly cash flow.

How do I join the Monthly Donor Club?

Great question! If you'd like to register right now, click here!

If I donate, am I eligible for an in-kind, service or charity receipt?

In-kind donations must have a cash receipt to accompany the items.  We cover 100% of the cost, minus any tax.

Services donation, please contact us at

We can arrange for you to receive a charity receipt.  For monitory donations, we can provide charity receipts for $25+, upon request.


What should I do if I find a stray cat?

First, be sure the cat is actually a stray and not just a neighbours cat.  If possible, take the cat to a vet to see if he/she is micro-chipped.  If the cat is not, take photos of him/her and post the found cat on social media, in the newspaper or make posters. 
Please try to find a home for the cat before you bring it to us.  Always call us in advance to see if we have room for the cat, as, with any shelter, space is limited.

What should I do if I find a stray dog?

Call by-law at 705-324-9411 ext 1212.  Leave a message if it is after hours.

What are the by-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes regarding stray and feral cats?

The City of Kawartha Lakes does not have any by-laws on stray or feral cats.  If you would like to contact the city and discuss this topic, please call them at 705-324-9411 ext 1212

What are the by-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes regarding dogs?

Dogs must be licensed in the City of Kawartha Lakes. You can pick up a dog licence from us for $27* (for altered) $32* (for non-altered) dogs.  *Fees may change without notice.

If you find a stay or injured dog, call by-law at 705-324-9411 ext. 1212, from Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. If there is no answer, leave a message.

I have found a dead pet, what do I do?

Please call the Roads Department at 705-324-9411


I need to surrender my pet, what is the process?

Click here to view information about Surrendering Animals.


How do I know when you are hiring?

We will have our most recent job openings posted on Indeed and on our Facebook page.

I want to volunteer, how do I get started?

We are always accepting new volunteers! Contact our volunteer coordinator at

What we do not do...

  • Offer spay/neuter services to the public or pay for private spay/neuter surgeries
    (please see our Spay/Neuter Clinic list, as we do not have a veterinarian on staff)
  • Take your neighbours cat into our custody because it comes into your yard
  • Euthanize animals in our care to make room for more
  • Turn away animals whose owners have passed away and have nowhere to go
  • Ignore animals who are seriously injured or in distress

Suspicion of Cruelty/Neglect 

I need to report animal abuse, who do I contact?

Report animal welfare concerns 24/7 by calling 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).
You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or your local police department

Spay/Neuter Clinics

Can you give me low-cost spay/neuter information?

Of course!  Please, see below...

Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic (Barrie)
Phone: 705-734-9883

Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital Spay/Neuter Services (Stouffville)
Phone: 905-898-6112 ext. 384
Toll-free: 1-888-668-7722

Lincoln County Humane Society Animal Clinic (St. Catharines)
Phone: 905-688-7722

Toronto Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic - NOTE: Cats Only
Phone: 416-338-6281


I have a concern about a wildlife injury, can you help?

Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities to attend to injured wildlife.

If you have any information regarding concerns for wildlife, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) 1-877-847-7667,

Please note the organizations below that attend to wildlife issues or rehabilitation:

Wildlife Rehabilitation (Ontario)

Kawartha Wildlife Centre (Ennismore)

Shades of Hope (Pefferlaw)

Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue (Durham Region)

OSPCA Wildlife Rehabilitation (Midland)

Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (Rosseau)

Toronto Humane Society Wildlife Centre (Toronto)

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre (Napanee)

Serenity Wildlife (Barrie)

Turtle Trauma Centre/Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (Peterborough)

Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue (Cameron)

Wing & Prayer - Song Birds/Raptors/Migratory Birds (Bracebridge)

Friends of the Osprey (Lindsay)


How is HSKL funded?

We are funded by you! The community, including local organizations, retailers and amazing everyday people, help us to keep our doors open and our animals healthy. We research and apply for grants that are available to animal welfare organizations to help cover larger expenses.

Monthly Donors are a huge part of our sustainability.  If you'd like more information on becoming a Monthly Donor, contact us at 705-878-4618, visit our Monthly Donor page, click our 'Donate' button, located at the top of this page, or click here! 

We accept third party fundraisers and we do our own fundraising. We also have a thrift shop, Second Chance, to help us produce our own income.


What is HSKL doing during COVID-19?


We are happy to inform you that animal welfare services, such as ours, was included in the list of Essential Workplaces.  This means that we will still be here for you and any pets that need our help.

Please realize that we are keeping the amount of people in the shelter to a minimum.  We encourage the public to visit, phone or email us with questions. 

What’s going on at HSKL…

  • Extra cleaning by our staff and volunteers.
  • Adoptions are encouraged!  Visit our pets here on or on social media, give us a call and we will get the adoption process going.
  • Pets that need to be re-homed or found as strays will be accepted, but you must call to make an appointment.  We are unable to accommodate walk-ins at this time.
  • Our Food Bank is available for those in need, but you must phone us first.
  • Royal Canin food purchases can be done by calling the shelter and paying over the phone.  We will set the food aside for you to pick up, as we will not deliver.
  • Donations of cleaning supplies are always welcome.  Items can be left at our back door.
  • Current and new Monthly Donors are appreciated more than ever!  These donations bring us predictability in this very unpredictable time.  To learn more about becoming a Monthly Donor, visit and click our ‘Monthly Donor Club’ link.
  • Monetary donations can be made at or over the phone. 

We are here for you!  Please, do leave a message with your name, phone number and the reason why you called and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Remember, we have limited staff.