THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Thank you for choosing to adopt with the GTHS. We are excited to find you a new pet. Adopters are now welcome back onsite from 12-4PM, seven days a week, for in-person adoptions with our Adoptions Counselors. We encourage visitors to arrive 30-45 minutes before closing time to ensure that we can send you home with a new furry friend on the same day.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO ADOPTING?
- Please visit the ‘Adopt’ page of our website
Visit our website and take a peek at our cats and dogs currently available for adoption! Our page is updated in live time, so will always accurately reflect animals that are available from day to day. Once an animal is adopted, they are immediately removed from our website. We strongly recommend you check our website right before your visit to ensure you are getting the most accurate information possible!
- Find a Furry Friend
Once you have viewed our Available cats or dogs and have found an animal(s) that you think might be a good fit for you and vice versa, head on over to the Animal Center! Please note that some of our GTHS animals have specific requirements and/or restrictions to help them find the perfect match. Should you arrive at the Animal Center and our Adoption Counselors are currently busy with another adopter, we hope you will stick around! Our Front Desk Team is happy to provide an approximate wait time and one of our Adoption Counselors will assist you as soon as they’re able!
- Application and Adoption Conversation
In effort to make your experience as seamless as possible, we ask all adopters to please bring a completed Adoption Profile with them. You can find our adoption profiles here:
DOG ADOPTION PROFILE CAT ADOPTION PROFILE
BARN CAT ADOPTION PROFILE
Upon arrival, a member of our Adoption Team will review your adoption profile with you and speak to you about the animal(s) you are interested in and/or perhaps make some alternate suggestions as well! *If you are unable to bring in a completed adoption profile, we will help you complete one when you arrive.
|Adult (7 months-7 years) *local||$400||Adult (5 months-7 years)||$135|
|Adult (7 months-7 years) *transfer||$450||Kitten (up to and including 4 months)||$160|
|Puppy (up to including 6 months) *local||$550||Senior (ages 8+)||$75|
|Puppy (up to including 6 months) *transfer||$600||Overlooked||$25|
|Senior (ages 8+) *local and transfer||$250||Underdog||$25|
|Special Paws||$100||Barn Cats are by donation|
INCLUDED IN YOUR ADOPTION FEE
- Animal Care items:
- Flea and Worm Treatment
- Up-to-date vaccinations (for kittens and puppies, their first vaccination)
- Adoption Folder with your pet’s records and important adoption information
- Adoption Kit from Royal Canin, including coupons and a sample bag of kibble (and small canned food for cats and kittens)
- An engraved, personalized collar tag for puppies and dogs
- Support from the GTHS team should you have any questions about your pet following adoption!
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND
- If a successful match is made during your time at the Animal Center, you will be taking your new pet home the same day.
- All adopted cats MUST be transported home in a secure cat carrier and all adopted dogs MUST leave collared and leashed.
- For Dog Adoptions: if you have a resident dog at home already, please arrange to bring your pooch with you to the Animal Center so that they can meet the GTHS dog you are interested in adopting!
Although GTHS is open until 4pm every day, our adoptions require a minimum of 30 minutes to complete, so we kindly ask you plan your visit accordingly.
We embrace an ‘adoption through conversation’ approach called Adopters Welcome. This means that the GTHS will work with adopters through non-judgmental conversations to best match person and pet in a cooperative and collaborative manner. This will not only help shape a more positive culture within our organization, but most importantly, it will help to save even more lives of homeless animals. Our Adoption Conversations are meant to help us get an idea of what kind of pet you are looking to bring home and our experienced Adoption Counselors will share health and behaviour information with you to help you make an informed decision. Our goal is to find our animals wonderful, loving families, so we want to ensure that it is the right fit for both parties! If the animal you “applied” for doesn’t end up being the right fit, our Adoption Team will always try our best to point you in the direction of a more suitable animal!
WHY MIXED BREEDS YOU MIGHT ASK?
We never 100% know breed history of the animals that come into our care. Unless we have the paperwork to support breed identification, we try not to guess breeds, as most often our animals are numerous breeds mixed together. Help us move away from breed stereotypes and embrace our purebred mutts!
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