Before You

You’re ready to adopt a pet – we’re thrilled!  What should you expect from the adoption process though?  Here are a few of our most asked questions.


What should potential adopters consider before adopting a pet at KWSPHS?

Our goal is to find the best match possible for adopters and the animals in our care. We have our potential adopters complete a survey so we can be fully educated on what type of personality you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking for a buddy to watch TV with, or a sidekick to run that 10k, we’re here to help you find the perfect match.

Pet ownership is a wonderful experience, but it also comes with a financial responsibility. To help you determine if pet ownership is something that you can financially manage at this time, check out these great resources from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association on the cost of owning a dog and the cost of owning a cat.


How long does the adoption process take?

We ask that you have approximately 45 minutes for the counselling process. It can take longer if you need to do a meet-and-greet with your current pets. Then we have to complete the adoption agreement and paperwork. If the pet you’re adopting is already spayed or neutered, they can go home the same day. We do allow for 24 hour holds in the event you need to get your home ready for your new furry friend. In some cases, the pet may not be ready to go home the same day of adoption, and our staff will be happy to outline when you can pick them up.

We believe taking our time and answering all of your questions is a big part of ensuring the adoption process and transition into the home is a smooth one.


What should I bring with me?

For cats and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs), we require you to take your pet home in a carrier. You are welcome to bring a carrier with you, or we also have one-time use carriers available for you to take them home. For dogs, we ask that you please bring a collar/harness and leash.