Adoption FAQs

Please find the answers to some frequently asked questions about adoption below.  For more information about adoption please also check out The Adoption Process and Adoption Fees.

Our Adoption Centre is located at 1375 Provincial Road, Windsor. We are open for adoptions Saturday through Tuesday from 11am to 6pm, and Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 8pm.
The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society adopts animals into loving new homes every day. In 2015, we adopted out more than 2,100 animals.
Of course! Our Adoption Counsellors will bring the animal into a room or yard where you can get to know them.  Click here for details about the adoption process and what to expect when you come to our adoption centre.
This is a common misconception.  However, there are no time limits on animals in adoption. They will remain available for adoption until they find a home barring a serious medical or behavioural issue arising.  While we hope to find animals home quickly, sometimes they take a little longer waiting for the right person to come along.  We will promote them during this time to encourage people to consider taking them home. No animal is euthanized for space, or because they have been here too long.
Because not all pets are able to be vaccinated against rabies due to their age, it’s not part of the standard adoption package. However, for any pets old enough it may be added upon request for only $15.
The adoption process at many shelters is different than it was years ago. Our goal isn’t to interrogate you, or find reasons not to adopt to you. While we do have requirements that adopters be willing and able to care for their new pet, our goal is helping you to find a new friend.
The Humane Society is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation. All dogs, cats, and rabbits adopted from the Humane Society are spayed or neutered. While veterinarians used to believe that spay or neuter couldn’t be performed safely on young animals, it is now widely agreed that early spay and neuter is safe and often reduces recovery times.
Donations, bequests, and fundraising subsidize our adoption program. The adoption fee often doesn’t even cover the services provided. If you had to pay separately for all the extras we include in our adoption package, your cost would be 3-5 times greater.
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to keep waiting lists for animals. These requests are normally for animals who are in high demand when they go up for adoption, and we try to give everyone a fair chance. We suggest coming in to our Adoption Centre frequently as well as keeping an eye on our web site, because new animals become available for adoption all the time and sometimes are adopted before they are even able to be posted online.
The Humane Society discourages people from adopting pets as gifts for other adults. A pet is a long term commitment, and the pet you choose for someone may not be the pet they would choose for themselves. We offer adoption gift certificates, which allow you to surprise someone with an adoption, but still allows them to decide on their new friend. In some cases we will approve gift adoptions – please ask to speak to an adoption manager for more information. Parents are permitted to adopt a pet as a gift for children, although we still suggest that the pet meet the whole family as the best choice. If you are adopting a dog and your children don’t meet the dog first, we may have you sign a waiver before taking the dog home which promises to ensure that everyone is introduced carefully.
Sometimes we know that a dog or cat has lived with other animals, and our behaviour team can also test them to see if they appear to do well with other animals. If you have a dog, we encourage you to bring your dog in to meet your potential new dog as the meeting often goes more smoothly in a controlled, neutral environment rather than in your living room. Of course, it is always important to monitor interactions carefully when you first bring your pet home. If you have any questions or require any assistance please contact behaviour@windsorhumane.org.
Adoption fees may be paid by cash, debit, credit card (MasterCard or Visa), or gift certificate. Personal cheques are not accepted for adoption fees.
There are some animals who we know will immediately attract a number of potential adopters. And, unfortunately, others who will take a lot more time before the right person comes along. When there is a VIP adoption candidate available their adoption fee may include a small surcharge to help care for the other animals who may not be as popular.