Can I get updates to the animal/s I found and dropped off?

Due to the volume of animals entering our shelters, we do not provide updates. All adoptable animals will be posted on our website and social media pages once available.

What do I do if I have been bitten by an animal?

Report any animal bite to a human to the Lambton County Public Health Unit immediately at 519-383-8331 ext. 3582 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839. Health Unit Inspectors investigate all reports of animal bites to humans to determine possible rabies exposure.

If exposed to a suspected rabid animal, they will provide the rabies vaccine to your physician to treat you.

If the animal who bit you was a domestic animal, the animal will have to remain in quarantine at the shelter for the mandatory 10 days. If the animal is yours, you will have to option to quarantine at home.

Do you provide wildlife removal services?

No, we do not offer wildlife removal from a person’s home. You will have to call a wildlife removal company.

If you find injured wildlife, please contact Heaven’s Wildlife at 519-466-6636

For injured Birds of Prey contact Bluewater Centre for Raptor Rehabilitation at 519-466-2443.

Do I have to have my pet vaccinated against rabies?

Yes. In Ontario, it is the law that dogs and cats over 3 months of age be vaccinated against rabies.

Are you a no-kill shelter?

The Sarnia & District Humane Society operates as a target zero organization. We manage an open-admission shelter for animals located in Lambton County; which means that we do not turn animals away.

It also means that animals who would be refused at other shelters or rescues have no other options than to come to us. Some may be too sick to be treated, too injured to heal or too dangerous to rehabilitate.

We make every effort possible to treat, train or relocate difficult to adopt animals, but we sometimes must make a difficult decision either to alleviate suffering or to protect the safety of the public.

How long does it take to adopt?

If you wish to adopt a dog the process can take up to a few days depending on the animal and the number of applications. Our adoption team reviews all applications to find the best fit for the animal and then begins the screening process until the perfect adopter is found. The screening process will include meet and greet appointments with all members of the household including other dogs who live in the home as well as onsite home visits. Due to the high volume of applications received, we do not contact every applicant. If you do not receive a call or email within a few days of applying, it usually means that someone else has been chosen to adopt. Do not feel discouraged or think that something is wrong with your application. We work hard at finding the best fit for our animals and each animal being unique, your situation may be great for one dog but not ideal for another.

If you would like to adopt a cat, simply visit our Apply Now page to fill out an online form for adoption, or visit the shelter at 131 Exmouth St, Sarnia. or one of our cat partners at PetSmart and PetValu in Sarnia and complete an adoption contract. Please note that our contract has a strict “no declawing” clause. If you are a good match for the cat, you will be able to adopt the same day.