Age appropriate cats and
dogs are spayed/neutered, prior to adoption.*
Visiting Hours: M-F: 1-7 pm
and Sat: 9-5 pm
They are flea, ear mite and worm free. Each cat/kitten receives
a bag of food, the animal's personal effects and a 10% discount
at Pet Valu in Owen Sound or in Port Elgin.
They are flea, ear mite and worm free. Each dog/puppy will get
micro-chip identification. Each dog/puppy receives a bag of
food, the animal's personal effects and a 10% discount at Pet
Valu in Owen Sound or in Port Elgin.
Pets - Please check
the web page or phone to find out availability.
If, for any reason, the adoption
doesn't work out, the Shelter accepts returns with full money
back following 3 days from original adoption. If you need
information or help with your newly adopted pet, call Renee and
she will help you.
the discretion of the Shelter, age appropriate
cats/kittens or dogs/puppies are spayed/neutered prior to
adoption. If puppies are adopted prior to being
spayed/neutered under 6 months of age, a $50.00 deposit is
required. This deposit will be refunded when the pup has been to
a vet to be spayed/neutered and that receipt is brought into the
of the City of Owen Sound will be required to buy an animal
license at time of adoption. Please check the City By-Laws for
more information. Licenses can be purchased at the Shelter or at
City Hall - we do not have an ATM machine.
After Adopting Your New Pet
Take your animal to a veterinarian
for a complete physical examination and for any necessary
Contact a local dog trainer,
Be aware of local leash laws,
cat's are not allowed off your property (City of Owen Sound),
and animal by-laws. Remember to purchase cat and dog tags.
Buy a pet ID tag so that
your new pet will never have to face being homeless again!
On another note, remember that a
newly acquired animal can be shy or fearful when in your home
for the first time. To overcome this shyness, your new animal
can't be rushed into things. Prepare to spend at least an hour
or two, if not more and adjust your time accordingly - get to
know them. If they are hiding and displaying fear and avoidance
tactics, it's going to be a problem - so take it slowly.
Presenting an Unthreatening
People, just by being human, loom
over animals, towering from heights that make a human seem very
scary to a frightened animal. Lessening this effect, however,
can be as simple as crouching down to eye level of your animal.
You may also wish to arm yourself with an array of tempting
treats, preferably ones with a strong scent. Now you wait for
the animal to get curious enough to come to you. Don't make any
sudden moves, or loud noises, just sit patiently. You can call
by name and try to entice them over, but any quick moves or
attempts to grab them will only cause them more fear. All you
can do is wait them out.
Finally, they're checking me
out! - Don't scare them
off with lavish praise (that will come later), but let them take
their time and look you over all they want. Encourage using soft
words and hold out your hand on the floor for them to smell. Any
sudden moves on your part may scare them back into hiding.
- Spayed/neutered pets live
longer, healthier lives
- Spaying your female pet
greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and completely
eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer.
- Neutering your male pet
prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems, and helps
him avoid serious health problems like hernias and perianal
- Males neutered at a young age
are far less likely to develop dominance or aggression-related
behaviour problems, including possession and food guarding,
territory marking (lifting his leg on everything in sight),
aggression toward other dogs, and "humping"
- Neutering your male pet
relieves him of the constant urge to go out in search of a
female in heat. Ridding him of his urge to roam could very
well save his life, and save you from a broken heart.
- Spaying your dog or cat
eliminates her heat cycle and the mess that goes with it.
Also, females in heat often cry and howl incessantly, develop
nervous behaviour, and attract every unaltered male dog/cat in
the neighbourhood to your yard!
Altered animals are generally
more docile, easier to train and get a long better in your
In the span of seven years, an
unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens!
In the span of six years, an
unspayed dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies!