Facilitated Adoption Program

The Facilitated Adoption Program is an alternative to surrender that allows you to keep your pet in your home while we help you to find a suitable new home for your pet. We understand that rehoming a pet is a difficult process and that you want to find the best possible new home for your animal. It can be difficult to identify the best match for your animal on your own. Toronto Humane Society adoption staff are specially trained to identify good potential matches, educate adopters about care needs, and ensure that your animal ends up in the best home possible. We also know how to promote animals in order to help them find good homes quickly and can help to decrease the amount of time you spend looking for a new home for your pet.

Benefits to Facilitated Adoption


Requirements for participation in THS Facilitated Adoption Program include:

The Facilitated Adoption Contract grants Toronto Humane Society the permission to rehome your animal on your behalf. While you will retain ownership of your animal, Toronto Humane Society staff will be responsible for interviewing and approving adopters and introducing them to your animal in a “meet and greet” session. You will not have any contact with potential adopters and all meetings with the animal will be done at our shelter.

If you have not yet spayed or neutered your pet (cat/dog/ferret/rabbit) or your pet (cat/dog/ferret) is not up-to-date with vaccinations, you will need to have these procedures done in order to qualify for our facilitated adoption program. A list of veterinarians in the area, including information about our spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, can be made available to you upon request.

Facilitated Adoption Program Entrance Profiles

Bird – Facilitated Adoption Profile Form

Cat – Facilitated Adoption Profile Form

Dog – Facilitated Adoption Profile Form

Small Mammal – Facilitated Adoption Profile Form

Lizard – Facilitated Adoption Profile Form

The Rehoming Process

In order to become part of our facilitated adoption process, you need to

  1. Sign a contract allowing us to facilitate an adoption on your behalf. You must provide proof of ownership, spay/neuter and up-to-date vaccinations.
  2. Complete a profile about your animal to better enable us to promote your animal and find a well-suited adopter. You can also speak to an adoption coordinator to provide us with additional information that will help us to find your pet the best possible home.
  3. Provide good quality photos of your animal to help us promote your pet. Alternatively, you may wish to have our staff photographer take high-quality photos of your pet. This can be arranged by appointment with our staff.

Getting Your Pet Ready for Adoption

Once we have received these items, we can start finding your animal a new home. We will post a rehoming profile on our website and advertise your pet in our other media outlets. We will accept applications for your animal and will screen potential adopters to find a good match for your animal’s personality and needs.

When we have found a good potential adopter, we will ask you to bring your animal in to meet the new adopter so that we can observe them together and they can decide if it is a good match. If everything looks good, the adopter will be able to take home your animal that day. You will be asked to drop off the animal earlier in the day and will not have any direct contact with the potential adopters. If the adoption does not work out, you will be asked to pick up the animal again after the meet and greet session.

The Adoption Process


Finding Facilitated Adoptions