Adoption Process

You are about to make a very important decision. Owning a pet means providing essentials such as a balanced diet, litter, licensing, socialization and vaccinations. Remember, providing a home and care for a pet is a lifetime commitment.

The Adoption process at THS consists of 4 steps:

Step 1 - Adoption Questionnaire

When you have found an animal you are interested in adopting you will be asked to complete an application questionnaire. The application entails questions about your family’s situation, lifestyle and expectations as well as specific questions about the care needs of the species you intend to adopt, such as diet, housing, enrichment and socialization, training and veterinary care. This questionnaire helps our staff see if your lifestyle and expectations are a good match with the individual animal and what aspects of care or behavior we should provide additional education about.

You will also be asked to provide photo ID and a photo of your cage/enclosure (for small mammals, birds and reptiles).

Step 2 - Conversation

Once we have read through the application, an adoption counselor will have a conversation with you to find out a little more about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a companion animal. We will also provide advice about care and behavior training at this time, as well as detailed information about the companion you are interested in. This conversation is a good opportunity for us to get a sense of whether the animal is a good match for you and to ensure that both yourself and the animal will be happy together.

Step 3 - Meet and Greet

If the adoption counselor feels that you are a good match for the animal, we will introduce you to the animal. Dogs can be taken for walks in order to allow the potential adopter to see how they are on a leash and for the adoption counselor to observe the potential adopter’s handling of the dog.

The meet and greet will involve all members of the potential adopter’s household, as well as any currently owned dogs if applying for a second dog or rabbits if looking for a bonding partner for a currently owned rabbit. It is important that everyone in the household is a good match for the animal, as well as any current animals living in the home, to ensure that the adoption goes as smoothly as possible for everyone. Please note: The Toronto Humane Society can hold Rabbit “Meet & Greets” by appointment only.

Step 4 - Finalizing the Adoption

If everything goes well at the meet and greet and both you and the adoption counselor feel that the animal is a good match for your home, we will finalize the adoption.

Type Routine Senior Citizen (Adoptor) Special Needs Animal**
Dogs $200* (puppies 6 months or less $300) $100* $80*
Cats $60* (kittens 6 months or less $100) $60* $60*
Small Domestics See list
* Prices include Tax
** Please note - Senior Dogs are 7yrs +, Senior Cats are 10 yrs +
*** Some of our adoptable dogs have been transferred in from other shelters, these animals may have a higher adoption fee due to the cost of transferring them to our shelter.

Please Note: Applicants should allow a minimum of an hour for the adoption process.

Basic Requirements: