Adopting an Animal

Adoption Process

Step 1: Adoption Questionnaire

   Step 2: Submit Application in Person and Have a Conversation

(Interviews are completed between 11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 11am- 4pm Sunday) 

Step 3: Meet and Greet

Step 4: Finalizing the Adoption


When you adopt a new family member from our shelter or network community retail partners such as select Pet Valu and PetSmart locations within Durham Region you are saving a life of a cat, dog or other animal. We'd be delighted to help you make the right match and adopt an animal!

Owning a pet means providing essentials such as a balanced diet, litter, licensing, socialization and vaccinations. It is important to remember providing a home and care for a pet is a big commitment. The HSDR's step-by-step adoption process guides you through what you need to know about adoption and if adoption is the right fit for you. We help you through each step to complete an adoption, from meeting with adoption staff and learning about you and your lifestyle to meeting your new best friend.

If you are interested in adopting one of our animals please fill out a questionnaire. Once you have completed the adoption questionnaire you would need to come in person with your questionnaire to complete the interview portion. When you come into our shelter for the interview portion you would need to bring a valid photo ID and proof of address. For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .