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Have your Child’s Next Party at the Humane Society!

Does your child love animals? Are you looking for a new and exciting way to celebrate your child’s special day? 

A birthday party at the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society is sure to be a meaningful and memorable event for both you and your child! So, why not plan to hold a party at the Humane Society and come celebrate with the animals!


Parties are for children 5 through 12 years old. Our room will accommodate a maximum number of 16 people, including adults – you let us know the number of adults and the number of kids, not to exceed 16 in total.


When you book your party with us, you bring the decorations, food, drinks and any goodie bags you would like to provide, we will provide the rest.

Purr-fect Party Details:

  • Parties are held in our private Community Room for 2 hours; table and chairs are provided. (*REMINDER – Parents bring their own decorations, plates, cups & utensils, serving utensils, goody bags, tablecloths, food and drinks.)

  • Each child gets an activity book filled with fun animal information and activities to use at the party or take home

  • An informative tour of the public areas of the shelter

  • A safe, supervised opportunity to interact with some of our shelter animals (including rabbits, guinea pigs, cats or dogs)

**Please note – food is not included, but you are welcome to bring in pizza, cake, etc.! If you are having food delivered, please have it delivered between 11:30 and 12:00.

Picking an Animal for the Party

Please specify which ONE animal you would like at the party. As animal safety is a priority, animal interactions will be:



1.Cat/kittens – kids sit in a circle and the cat or kittens will walk around. Kids are not to grab, carry or pick up the animal but can interact by playing with the toys and petting the animal as it walks by.
2. Dog – kids stand and the dog will be walked around on a leash to meet the kids and talk about dog safety, responsibilities of owning a dog etc. Kids can gently pet the dog.
3. Small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs) – kids sit in a circle and the small animals are brought in, in their cage. The animals are not to be taken out of the cage. Kids can pet the animal inside the cage and the birthday child can feed them a vegetable.


Kids will love spending their special day with friends and animals.


Printable invitations are available at the links below!

Breakdown of the party hours:

Before you arrive, the room will have just been cleaned, tables and chairs washed and set up.


10:30am – 11:00am – A parent can come in and decorate the room. (If hanging decorations on the wall, we request that you use stick tack or command removable strips as no tape is allowed on the walls. Also, nothing permanent or hard to remove can by stuck to the walls that such as transfers, stickers, decals.)


11:00am – 11:10am – Kids arrive, and birthday child greets the guests. Please instruct your guests to use the side door, next to the side kennels that faces the dog park, when arriving and leaving, as the shelter is closed to the public during the party hours.


11:10am – 11:30am – The party goes on an informative tour of the shelter


11:30am – 11:45am – The scheduled animal of choice is brought in to interact according to the descriptions above. (Please specify when booking which animal you are interested in, and a second choice in case we do not have the first choice available that day). 


11:45am – 1:00pm – Food, cake, activities in whichever order you prefer. Food must be consumed and put away before 1:00pm.


1:00pm – 1:15pm – Kids have time to say goodbye to their friends. Parents pick up guests.


1:15pm – 1:30pm – Party is over, parents take down decorations and pack their belongings. Volunteers will be in at 1:30pm to mop and clean the room.

Birthday Party Pricing

Birthday parties are $150 and include all the “purr-fect party details” mentioned above. Party fees are due upon booking. Should a cancellation be required, a refund is processed minus a $30 administration fee.

Bookings can be made over the phone by credit card or in person at the shelter by cash, debit, or credit card. Please note that Visa Debit cards do not work over the phone. To book please call Kelly at 519-966-5751 ext. 122, or email

Picking a Date for the Party

Parties are held on Sundays only for two hours, from 11:00am-1:00pm.


We require at least 3 weeks’ notice and you can book up to 3 months in advance.


Please book early, as dates fill up quickly! A minimum of 3 weeks’ notice is required to book. Please note that inquiries are answered during regular weekday office hours.


Please call 519-966-5751 ext. 122, or email with any questions!

In the past, children have chosen – in lieu of a traditional birthday gift – to have guests bring an item from the Humane Society’s Wish List or make a donation in honour of their birthday. These items and donations are always welcome and appreciated!