We Are Currently Closed To Viewings Due To COVID-19
131 Exmouth St, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7W8

Phone: 519-344-7064
Fax: 519-344-2145


The Sarnia & District Humane Society operates the animal shelter in Sarnia. We are an open door facility which means we take in all cats/dogs and small animals (strays or surrenders).

Below is the link to the Dog Owners’ Liability Act:

We are located at:

131 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7W8

Phone: 519-344-7064
Fax: 519-344-2145

Lost and Found / Administration
Monday to Friday – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Viewing and Adoptions
Monday to Friday – 12:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12:oopm – 3:30pm

Holidays – closed

The Sarnia Humane Society operates as a target zero organization. We manage an open-admission shelter for animals located in Lambton County. This means that we do not turn animals away.

It also means that animals who would be refused at other shelters or rescues have no other options than to come to us. Some may be too sick to be treated, too injured to heal or too dangerous to rehabilitate.

We make every effort possible to treat, train or relocate difficult to adopt animals, but we sometimes have to make a difficult decision either to alleviate suffering or to protect the safety of the public.

If you wish to adopt a dog the process can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the animal and the number of applications. Our adoption counselors  reviews all applications to find the best fit for the animal and then begin the screening process until the perfect adopter is found. Do to the high volume of applications received, we do not contact every applicant. If you do not receive a call or email within a few days of applying, it usually means that someone else has been chosen to adopt.

Don’t feel discouraged or think that something is wrong with your application. We work hard at finding the best fit for our animals and each animal being unique, your situation may be great for one dog but not ideal for another.

If you would like to adopt a cat, simply visit our Sarnia location, Sarnia PetSmart and PetValu in Sarnia/Corunna. All adoption contracts must be filled out and completed at the shelter.

Many cat/kitten adoptions can be completed the same day.

We do not provide care for owned animals. A list of  local veterinary clinics is available here and please don’t forget to keep your pets up to date on their vaccines!

Report your missing pet by calling us at 519-344-7064, or email us at reception@sarniahumanesociety.com. Include a photo if possible.

Use the power of social media. Sarnia – Lambton Lost & Found Pets is a very active Facebook page that helps many lost or found animals.

Our lost and found classifieds can also help, especially if the pet isn’t located within the day. View our Lost and Found section here.

Advise your neighbours, and have them check sheds and garages. Make a poster and place around your neighborhood! Make sure to include a photo or complete description of your pet and your contact number.

Consider microchipping your pet to increase your chances of being reunited promptly.

100% of all licensed dogs found are returned to their owner when they come into our care

No. Our mandate is to provide assistance and temporary housing for stray and unowned animals until they can be reunited with their caregivers or be adopted into loving, forever homes. Since we do not know the history of most of the animals in the shelter, your pets could risk contracting a serious illness from the other animals. Check your Yellow Pages to find local Boarding kennels for your pets.

Due to the volume of animals entering our shelters, we do not provide updates. All adoptable animals will be posted on our website once available.

If the animal is on public property please contact your Municipal Animal Control  (please see the list here). In some Municipalities if the animal is on your property it is your responsibility to dispose of the carcass.

Report any animal bite to a human to the Lambton County Public Health Unit immediately at _____________. Inspectors investigate all reports of animal bites to humans to determine possible rabies exposure.

If exposed to a suspected rabid animal, we will provide rabies vaccine to your physician to treat you.

If the animal who bit you was a domestic animal, the animal will have to remain in quarantine at the shelter for the mandatory 10 days. If the animal is yours, you will have the option to quarantine at home.

No. The shelter does not have a veterinarian on staff.

Provincial statutes require us to keep stray animals for 72 hours (three days). Once this period expires, the animal become property of the pound and will be assessed and enter our adoption program.

No, we do not offer wildlife removal from a person’s home. You will have to call a wildlife removal company.

For injured/young wildlife contact the following:

Heavens’ Wildlife:

Bluewater Centre for Raptors Rehabilitation

To report incidents/suspicions of cruelty or neglect  to our Humane Enforcement Inspectors, by calling one of the numbers listed below:


Yes. In Ontario, it is the law that dogs and cats over 3 months of age be vaccinated against rabies.