DURING THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Sarnia & District Humane Society is currently implementing precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers, clients and animals. We are currently only accepting surrenders of companion animals to the shelter in urgent situations, in order to prioritize emergency situations and help the neediest animals first.
We will review our ability to take other pets beginning May 31st.
The SDHS encourages all pet-owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized.
Giving up an animal is never easy — for the owner or for the pet. If you need to surrender your pet to the Sarnia & District Humane Society, this is what you should know:
When an animal is surrendered to the SDHS, it will first have its picture taken for identification purposes. If its vaccine status is not current or unknown, it will be vaccinated. Note that vaccines take a few days to be fully effective. We recommend that all animals be fully vaccinated several days prior to admission. All animals are examined by a veterinary technician, and some of them will be rechecked by our shelter veterinarian. Cats and dogs will receive a behavior assessment to determine their needs in an adoptive home. Depending on resources, some animals will be placed in foster care prior to adoption for health or behavior reasons. All cats and dogs that are deemed suitable for adoption will be microchipped and, if not already, spayed or neutered.
Unfortunately, some animals have medical or behavior issues that make them difficult or impossible to rehome, and we will not adopt out any animal that we believe to be a public safety risk. Additionally, some animals become highly stressed in a shelter environment, which makes them more susceptible to illness and, despite aggressive veterinary treatment, unlikely to recover from such illness. The SDHS will not keep an animal in a state of suffering when its prognosis is poor or when it lacks the resources to restore the animal’s health. These animals will be humanely euthanized by caring, professional staff.
When our shelter is full, we have fewer resources to address animal health and behavior issues. Overcrowding results in higher levels of stress and illness in a shelter environment. As a result, an animal’s chance of being placed for adoption may be reduced, even if it was healthy at the time of admission. When the shelter is at capacity, in the best interest of their pet, owners will be encouraged to wait until the shelter has space available before surrendering their pet.
The Humane Society does not accept animals for euthanization. As a responsible pet owner, if your animal is sick, very elderly, has severe behavior problems, (including litter box issues) please take to your veterinarian for assessment.
If your animal has bitten or attacked a person or another animal you are required to report the incident to the Lambton Health Unit @ 519-383-8331
Owners wishing to surrender their pet are required to pay a fee to help defray the costs associated with caring for the animal and finding it a new home.
Surrender of Cat $30.00
Surrender of Dog $40.00
Surrender of Litter (kittens or puppies) $50.00
In cases where the public finds a lost animal, first look to see if there is any identification on the animal and attempt to contact the owner directly. If there is no identification, then the animal can be transported to the shelter at 131 Exmouth Street during our business hours, 10am – 6pm Monday thru Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday. If you are unable to transport the animal, call animal control in your area (click here for a list of Lambton county animal control contact numbers). If it is after hours, you are required to provide the animal with shelter, food and water as needed to maintain the animals well being until it can be transported to the shelter.
You will be required to provide information, including your name and area where animal was found to assist us in locating its owner.