Our mission is to be a proactive leader in providing humane care through education, advocacy and enforcement to promote the well-being and appreciation of all animals.
What does the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society do?
Reuniting families with their stray pet is part of what we do best. Through licensing and enforcement programs, many families are reunited the same day!
The Centre has many loveable animals waiting for adoption. Each one is unique and different in their own way, so it's important to do your research so you can be sure you are getting a pet that will fit your lifestyle. Potential adopters will complete a "Meet your Match' survey. This survey will allow us to match you with the perfect pet according to your lifestyle. This will ensure we are placing pets in their 'forever homes'.
Education and Tours
Our Education Department visits over 20,000 students in Waterloo Region each year to talk about humane issues and pet safety. In addition to this extensive program we offer presentations to organizations upon request. To book a tour or a speaker please contact the Centre at least three weeks in advance.
Other programs for children and youth include: Jr. Vet Club, Animaniacs Day Camp and P.D. Day Critter Camps.
Pet Cemetery & Memory Vault
We recognize that the death of a treasured pet can be very upsetting to a family. It's never easy saying goodbye. For some, having their companion placed in a peaceful setting like a pet cemetery or memorial vault can help ease the pain of parting.
Accessbile year round you'll always be able to visit your best friend. In our commitment to help people and their pets, our staff will assist you, right from making the decision 't's time', to helping you pick the tribute to your pet.
Dog licenses are your dog's ticket home. If a dog is picked up or brought to the center wearing a city license the owner can be contacted immediately.
Dogs are Large
A dog shall be deemed to be at large when it is found not under effective control of an adult person and not on a leash. If a dog is picked-up running at large, owners will be charged an impound fee to retrieve their pet and may also be charged a fine.
City and Private Property
Please be considerate of others and stoop and scoop. Dogs are not permitted in school yards, cemeteries, playgrounds, or golf courses. Businesses do have the right now to allow dogs in, or on, their property.
Dogs and Barking
Barking is a natural behaviour for dogs but can quickly upset neighbours. This type of complaint should be directed to your city or the Police as it is considered to be a noise complaint.
The KWHS is also contracted by the local municipalities to perform animal control activities, and to enforce by-laws. Since 1927, the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) has been responsible for the welfare of animals in the twin cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and their surrounding communities. KWHS is one of the largest humane societies in Ontario. As a member of the community, our mission is to be a proactive leader in providing humane care through education, advocacy and enforcement to promote the well-being of all animals.
Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society
Monday- Tuesday...............9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday- Friday.............9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday.............................10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday...............................1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.