Frequently Asked Questions

Please find the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

The Windsor/ Essex County Humane Society doesn’t use the term “no kill” because it is decisive in the sheltering community, and also misleading. Any responsible caregiver must at times make a humane choice to euthanize an animal. However, we don’t euthanize any animals other than for very severe medical or behaviour issues. Read more at
We keep all healthy, adoptable animals as long as it takes to find them a new home. For some animals this can mean living at the shelter for six weeks or more until the right home is available. The length of stay for animals varies. No animal is ever euthanized due to lack of space or because the animal has simply been here too long.
The Ontario SPCA and the Windsor/ Essex County Humane Society are completely independent and separate organizations. When donating to the Ontario SPCA, those funds will be used across Ontario; donations to the Windsor/ Essex County Humane Society stay in our community to help animals locally.
On January 1, 2020 the new Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act comes into effect. On that date, primary responsibility for conducting animal cruelty and welfare investigations will transfer from humane societies like ours to government inspectors. Members of the public who wish to report an animal that they suspect is being neglected or abused are asked to make a report to the government enforcement service at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625). The WECHS will continue to work with and support the government enforcement team to provide a seamless transition for the future. In addition to supporting the government’s enforcement services through sheltering abused animals in need, WECHS will continue to offer all the other services we have for the past 93 years to our local community. We will continue to shelter homeless pets and provide them with care, veterinary treatment, and behaviour rehabilitation. We will continue educating the public about proper care of animals and provide support to the community. We will also continue to operate our low-cost spay-neuter veterinary clinic. We remain committed to doing all that we can to ensure local animals remain protected.