Humane Society Suspends Adoptions, Offers Essential Services Only

Published on: 2020/03/25 - in Releases

RELEASE — The Kingston Humane Society (KHS) — an essential service as announced by the Provincial Government – will be suspending all services deemed non-essential.

“Our goal as a community partner is to safeguard the animals, our staff and the general public as we move through this pandemic,” said Executive Director Gord Hunter. As of Wednesday, March 25th, the KHS will suspend all adoptions and surrenders as well as all non-emergency surgeries.

Members of the public looking to reclaim animals brought into our shelter as strays will need to electronically submit photos or some other proof of ownership. Our staff will then confirm whether or not the animal is under our care and will make an appointment for the owner to identify and reclaim the animal.

“As of Tuesday morning, all of the unowned animals in our care have gone out to foster homes,” noted Hunter. “I can’t say enough about the exhaustive work by our staff and the willingness of volunteers and members of the community to take an animal into their home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The response has been unparalleled.”

The animals that remain inside the shelter cannot be fostered due to ongoing investigations, municipal hold periods or veterinary restrictions. Staff will continue to feed, treat and house the animals in the shelter.

Since the KHS is the pound services provider for the City of Kingston, North, Central and South Frontenac, Loyalist Township, Stone Mills Township and Gananoque, they will continue to accept animals brought in by animal control officers.

PLEASE NOTE – According to the World Health Organization there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could carry COVID-19.


The Kingston Humane Society is committed to advocating for and improving the lives of animals within our community. Founded in 1884, the KHS continues to provide shelter and care for homeless animals in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. In addition, we work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

Stay up-to-date with the City’s COVID-19 Precautions page and find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on the KFL&A Public Health’s site.

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