Adopting a Pet in Southern Georgian Bay
The Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) is a wonderful local not-for-profit charity that provides a second chance at life for domestic animals that have been abandoned, neglected, or abused.
Thinking about adopting a cat or dog?
Visit the GTHS website or go into the animal shelter located at 549 Tenth Line in Collingwood to meet the sweet pets currently available for adoption. The shelter is open for adoption 12-4 every day, no appointments necessary. Someone at the shelter will then have a conversation with you to match you to the kind of pet that will work best for your home and lifestyle. The goal is to find the animals at the shelter loving, forever homes, so the volunteers at GTHS want to ensure that it’s the right fit for both the animal and the pet owner.
Once you find the pet that might be a good fit and have had a chat with the adoption counsellors, you can fill out an adoption application form available online. GTHS does same-day adoptions once a good match has been made.
GTHS Adoption Fees
- Adult – $400
- Puppies (<6 months) – $500
- Senior (8 yrs+) – $250
- Overlooked – $100
- Underdog – $100
- Adult – $100
- Kitten (front room) – $150
- Senior (8 yrs+) – $75
- Overlooked – $25
- FIV + – By Donation
Included in adoption fees:
1) Animal care items:
- Flea & worm treatment
- Up-to-date vaccinations (for kittens/puppies, their first vaccination)
2) Adoption Folder with your pet’s records and important adoption information.
3) Adoption Kit from Royal Canin, including a $10 coupon (as well as sample food for cats and kittens).
4) 30 days of free pet insurance from OSPCA Pet Insurance.
5) Support from the GTHS team should you have any questions about your pet following adoption!
GTHS Signature Pets Overlooked Pets
Overlooked pets are cats or dogs that have been at GTHS at least 3x longer than the average length of stay (for dogs >42 days, for cats >90 days). The program spotlights their story, reduces their adoption fee and ensures they can be recognized by adopters that really want to help an animal in need.
Underdogs are animals that are experiencing behavioural challenges which are acting as barriers to their adoption. There are a variety reasons why a pet might qualify as an underdog and these animals require a pet owner that will be able to dedicate the time and energy required to help the pet continue their behaviour modification. Each adopted underdog pet will include resources and counselling specific to their new pet’s needs.
Special paws have the same adoption fee as overlooked animals and include animals that have a chronic medical condition or that are quite elderly. These animals will require ongoing medications or care and adoption includes a comprehensive medical condition disclosing their medical history. Resources and medication (where applicable) will be included.
FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus that typically causes a weakening of the cat’s immune system. It cannot be spread to other species including dogs or humans. Cats that are FIV+ are usually infected via a deep bite would from another FIV+ cat or through mating and less commonly through an infected mother’s milk. These cats must visit the vet 2 time a year and must be kept indoors and fed a high quality kibble diet (raw foods are not recommended). FIV makes a cat more susceptible to secondary infections and illnesses and owners must be observant and report any changes in behaviour or health to their vet. If protected and promptly treated for any secondary illnesses, most FIV+ cats live normal and long lives.
Animals currently available for adoption
Support the GTHS
Georgian Triangle Humane society does not receive any government funding and relies on the generosity of supporters to continue to provide abandoned, neglected and abused domestic animals a second chance at a happy life.
You can support the GTHS by volunteering at the shelter, becoming a foster pet owner, through monetary and supply donations, by shopping at Treasure Tails on Hurontario or going to one of the many fundraising events put on by the shelter throughout the year.
For more information, visit the shelter in person, or have a look at the website to see if pet adoption is right for you.
Georgian Triangle Humane Society
549 Tenth Line
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Adoption Hours: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. daily.
Treasure Tails (GTHS’s retail store) 186 Hurontario Street Collingwood, ON L9Y 4T4 705-293-3233