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Adoption Process

Please note that adoption, animal viewing and intake will be closed from Friday, July 1st to Sunday July 3rd for the holiday long weekend.

If you’re interested in adopting, please click here to see the animals in our care looking for their forever homes before planning your trip.

The bond between human and animal is behind everything we do. This is what grounds us, inspires us, and pushes us well beyond our walls into more communities. As an adopter, you are bringing all of our work together. It all leads to this the incredible journey you are about to embark on.

How Adoption Works

Toronto Humane Society’s adoption process is set up with one goal in mind: matching the right people with the right animals. We don’t just want to find homes, we want to help build families and further the human-animal bond in our community.

It is for this reason that the process has several steps. It begins with you finding an animal on our website. Then you get set up with an Adoption Counsellor where we get to know a little more about you and what you’re looking for. Once we are at a stage to meet some pets there will be a Meet and Greet, where you’ll get to meet the animal and learn everything there is to know about them. Finally, the Adoption is finalized and your shared journey begins.

Ready to open your doors to an animal in need? Let’s get started!

Onsite Adoptions

Please be sure to view our available animals through the adoptions section of our website span prior to visiting.

Some of our animals will be at Toronto Humane Society’s shelter facility, while some will be staying in the homes of our dedicated foster parents – please be sure to have a look at this on each animal’s profile. We will conduct adoptions onsite or virtually for all animals, regardless of location, however for the animals in our foster homes, you will be invited to meet your animal virtually. 

Please note there may be a higher-than-normal attendance at a reduced building capacity as we follow COVID-19 safety protocols. This may cause delays. Please be prepared to wait outside or be asked to come back at another time. 

On hold?

If you see that an animal is “on hold” and their profile is greyed out, this means someone has shown interest in the animal and they are going through the adoption process. If for some reason the adoption doesn’t go through, the Adoption Team will move on to the next application. Animals without a hold are all still looking for their forever home. 

Step 1 – Finding The Perfect Match

Click here to view the animals in our care. Once you have found a potential new member of the family, visit our facility (located at 11 River Street) to fill out an adoption application. If the animal you are interested in adopting is on-site, you can also visit them in-person.

Step 2 – Adoption Conversation

Adoptions submissions operate in-person (unless you require accommodation, please call or email us), and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please ensure you are readily available complete the interview portion of the adoption process when you arrive at the facility.

Step 3 – Meet and Greet – Finalizing Adoption

If the animal you’ve matched with is located at Toronto Humane Society’s facility, we will conduct an in-person meet and greet in person, immediately following your adoption conversation.

You will be asked to check-in at the front door and will be permitted entry based on current capacity. When you check-in at our front door, please be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to enter the facility. If you are unable to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, please let us know and we will be happy to provide accommodation.

If the animal you’ve matched with is located in one of Toronto Humane Society’s foster homes, we will conduct the meet-and-greet virtually. This may be scheduled a day or two afterwards.

If everything goes well at the meet-and-greet, and both you and the adoption counsellor feel that the animal is a good match for your home, you can  finalize the adoption. This will include instructions concerning adoption fees, pick-up times, and continuing care for your new animal companion.

Payment will be done with one of our Pet Support Agents. Please note at this time we can only accept credit card payments from Amex, Visa and Mastercard.

Adult Dogs (local)$300
Adult Dogs (transfer)$450
Puppies (local and transfer)$500
Small DomesticsSee list

There is no tax charged on the adoption fees. 

Some of the dogs in our care have been transferred in from other organizations and rescue partners. These animals may have a higher adoption fee to help offset the cost of transferring them to us.

Basic Requirements

  • At least one piece of ID provided at the time of adoption must be a non-expired government issued ID containing proof of address (e.g. driver’s license, passport, status card, etc.).
  • Proof of vaccination to enter Toronto Humane Society’s facility. To help promote the health and safety of everyone entering the facility, all individuals must be fully vaccinated with two Covid-19 vaccines. Individuals can provide proof of immunization by downloading or printing their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
  • All individuals who will reside with—or be in frequent contact with—the adopted animal should be present at the adoption counselling session.
  • If you are adopting a dog or a rabbit and currently have the same species in your home, we ask that you ensure they are present during the virtual consultations and virtual meet and greet so we can conclude they will appropriately get along. This process ensures your new pet will adapt successfully in your home.


Why do we have to show proof of vaccination to enter the building?

Vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19. This policy has been put in place to help protect our staff, volunteers, and the public. If you are unable to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, please let us know and we will be happy to provide accommodation. 

What about those with medical conditions or kids under 11 who can’t get the vaccine?

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

If you still have a question, please email our adoption team at adoption@torontohumanesociety.com