Adoption Info and Fees

Deciding to bring a pet into your home is a big decision, but when done correctly it can be one of the best decisions of your life!

The first decision that the Humane Society encourages everyone to make is a commitment that your pet will come from an ethical source, and when possible adopt one of the thousands of beautiful animals that are available at animal shelters across the province at any given time. Don’t make the decision impulsively- think about your lifestyle, financial capacity, home and family before making the decision. Couch potatoes will better suit a senior cat than a 7 month old husky! Joggers would love the companionship of that husky for their morning jaunt! Ensuring a fit will help guarantee that the lifelong bond that you are about to develop is filled with happiness!

At the Sarnia and District Humane Society, our professional adoption counsellors will take you through a process to ensure that you and your future best friend are a match made in heaven. Of course, in the end it will be the connection between you and a specific animal that will help make the choice between all the animals the counsellors recommend for you.

Check out the Pets section of the website for animals that are currently up for adoption, or come on down to the shelter at 131 Exmouth st.

Fees for Pet Adoption

There is no such thing as a free pet! Even if you get a kitten from a friend at no cost, you are making a commitment for the lifetime of the animal to provide for its care. To be a responsible pet owner, you will have to cover the costs of vaccinations, spay / neuter surgery,  preventative medicine and potential medical treatment in the event of illness or injury. The adoption fees at the Humane Society cover many of the initial expenses, but all ongoing costs will be the owner’s responsibility.

Dogs being adopted by Sarnia residents must also purchase a municipal Dog License, which are available at the shelter. For information about Sarnia licenses click here. Residents of other municipalities must contact their municipal office to inquire about licensing.

All animals adopted from the Humane Society must be spayed or neutered. Spay or neuter surgery is included in the adoption fee, which can be redeemed at any Lambton County veterinary clinic.

 Cat and Kitten Adoption Fees

Adoption fee: $50
Vet Expenses**: $125
Total: $175
 

** included in the adoption fee are veterinary expenses for the following:

  • Initial vaccinations including rabies (if old enough- 12 weeks and up)
  • Health check by Veterinarian
  • Initial deworming
  • Flea treatment (if necessary)
  • Microchip identification
  • Spay or Neuter surgery
  • 6 weeks free OSPCA pet insurance

 Puppy Adoption Fees (12 weeks and under)

Adoption fee: $55
Vet Expenses**: $245
Total: $300

Dog Adoption Fees

Adoption fee: $50
Vet Expenses**: $225
Total: $275

** included in the adoption fee are veterinary expenses for the following:

  •  Initial vaccinations including rabies (if old enough- 12 weeks)
  • Health check by Veterinarian
  • Initial deworming
  • Flea treatment (if necessary)
  • Heartworm test (dogs over 6 months of age)
  • Microchip identification
  • Spay or Neuter surgery
  • 6 weeks free OSPCA pet insurance

 

ANIMAL RETURN POLICY AND EXAMINATION IF PET BECOMES ILL

Before the adoption process is complete, we want you to be aware of the possibility that an illness or behaviour problem for which they have shown no signs of while in our care, could occur.

In the event that a behaviour problem does occur within the 10 DAYS of Adoption, contact the Humane Society and a staff member will be pleased to discuss the problems and offer any assistance.  If the problem cannot be corrected, you will have to make the decision to return the animal and may be entitled to a partial refund.  In the event of a medical problem or illness, your complimentary 6 week trial of OSPCA Pet Insurance can be used as you were registered at the time of adoption.  Your 6 week trial provides $750 of coverage per policy for treatment of various conditions.  Please visit www.ospcainsurance.ca or phone 1-866-600-2445 for more information.  A $75 deductible is applicable per policy.

We must emphasize that the Sarnia & District Humane Society will not cover any expenses incurred at the Veterinarian that you have chosen to examine your pet.

ANIMAL CONTRACT IF YOU CAN NO LONGER KEEP YOUR ADOPTED PET

The staff at the Sarnia & District Humane Society strive to make every effort that when a pet goes into a new home, it is for life. However, we understand that life circumstances and changes in lifestyle do occur and sometimes heartbreaking decisions must be made. For your pets safety and your peace of mind all contracts contain a clause that the pet must be returned to the shelter where you can be sure our staff will  find a permanent home specific to the pets needs.