Adoption Process

When a potential adopter comes into the shelter and sees an animal of interest to them, one of our adoption staff will provide them with the maximum information available for that animal. People are then asked to take the time to complete an adoption questionnaire designed to help us match individuals and families with a companion pet that will suit their lifestyle and meet their expectations. Assuming the questionnaire results are favorable for that particular animal, they are then permitted time and space to interact with the animal and get to know it better. While this is taking place the staff will talk to the adopter about his or her desire to adopt and may ask questions about:

  • Past experiences with animals
  • Lifestyle, work schedules, expectations of a companion animal
  • Housing situation – own or rent, size of yard, etc.

In the case of dog adoptions, it is preferred that all family members of the household meet the animal and agree upon the choice of pet, but it is not mandatory. We also facilitate a meet and greet with existing family dogs to ensure that they too will be compatible, though again it is not mandatory for all dogs.

Considering the long term commitment and responsibility involved in adopting a pet, and in order to ensure a proper match, we do not adopt out animals as gifts. The animal must be adopted by the adult who will be responsible for its future care as its legal owner.

We do allow same-day adoptions for dogs to serious adopters who have spent sufficient time with the animal.  Depending on the dog we sometimes insist that people visit the animal a few times and interact more than once before making a final decision. We can hold an animal for a serious adopter up until the same time the next business day without a deposit being required. This is to permit them the time to make this important decision. A non-refundable cash or cheque deposit would be required to hold the animal for a further length of time, if the extended hold is approved by the adoption staff.

If you would like to adopt an animal that you already have placed a hold on, please review our Hours of Operation for Adoptions. Please also call our adoption staff to make an appointment for your adoption.

Adopting a pet is a big commitment that carries great responsibility and often lifestyle adjustments, a decision that requires certainty! Once it has been determined that the match is a good one, the adoption is finalized. To complete the final paperwork the following information will be required and must be made available to the adoption staff:

  • Proof of address and age using identification such as a driver’s license. Adopters must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Adoption fee payment made by cash, debit, Visa, Mastercard, or money order.

Christmas Adoption Policy

Adoptions proceed as normal during the holiday season. Please note that the normal screening process and adoption procedures are still in place, including no animals being adopted as gifts.

The Cochrane & Area Humane Society will be closed for Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day.

View some useful tips on how to keep your pet safe during the Christmas season.



HI Friends, Maska here. Just wanting to touch base to let you know that I am having a great time with my new friend Tony. I have already been swimming, my new favourite toy is driftwood,  can’t get enough of them. We just got back from the coast where I was able to take my first ferry ride to the Island. There were lots of new smells and sights. I wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all your love and support when I needed it most. I will never forget everyone who has been so kind to me. Tony is not the best when it comes to taking pictures, however I am slowly training him to take more pictures of me 🙂
I love and miss you all. Your friend, Maska

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