Please note: We are currently AT CAPACITY for cats & kittens, OPEN for dogs & puppies, OPEN for rabbits, and OPEN to other companion animal species.
See below for definitions, "AT CAPACITY" and "CLOSED". Note, this is for owner-surrender animals at this time.
"AT CAPACITY" means that we have a severe shortage of kennel space. During this time, we encourage a pet owner to come back when we have more space for a particular species.
If the owner insists on leaving their animal with us, then additional admitting fees are charged. During this time our criteria for determining which animals will be deemed "adoptable" is more strict. Even relatively minor medical or behavior issues may prevent an animal from being placed up for adoption.
"CLOSED" means that we have NO kennel space available at all. During this time, we encourage a pet owner to come back when we have room. We will only take this action under extreme circumstances and usually for just a day or two.
If the owner insists on leaving their animal with us, then euthanasia/cremation fees are charged and they must sign a "request for euthanasia" form requesting us to euthanize their pet. This is because we will not euthanize an existing animal to make space for a new arrival.
We encourage all pet owners to PLEASE spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the over population issue that we are currently experiencing.
Please continuously check this website for updates.
The Edmonton Humane Society has an “Open Admitting Door” 7 Days a Week.
This means that 7 days a week, the Edmonton Humane Society accepts every cat and dog, rabbit, bird, guinea pig, or other small pet that is brought to its doors, irrespective of age or condition. The animal could be a 17-year-old dog with mange, hip dysplasia and cancer; a vicious fighting dog; a litter of 8-week-old kittens; or a healthy, mature animal.
We remain focused on the homeless and abused animals and will never turn strays away. Keep in mind, however, that the EHS does not accept stray animals found within Edmonton's city limits, as that is strictly the jurisdiction of the City of Edmonton's Animal Control Services Department.
We find homes for all the "adoptable" pets we take in, with some animals staying in our care for several months even though our shelter is not a sanctuary. Euthanasia is considered only for non-rehabilitatable animals, which includes medical or behavioral challenges which cannot reasonably be overcome. This is not a decision we make lightly and it is never made without the utmost consideration for all of the individual factors and resources.
The Edmonton Humane Society will not use the term “no-kill,” to describe ourselves. However, by SOME "no kill" definitions we DO fit the criteria, since we do not euthanize an existing animal for time and space. The EHS feels that using this term pits members of the animal welfare community against one another, instead of fostering an attitude of respect and collaboration around the common goal of saving animal lives.
Pets have people problems. No one person or any one organization will end the problem of homeless and abused pets. It takes a community. There is common ground for all of us to work together to protect animal interests and ensure a place in our society where animals are respected and valued. The combined efforts of animal professionals are needed to achieve this.
There is no magic or quick solution to the problems of unwanted animals. The Edmonton Humane Society is working in the community to prevent pet overpopulation and encourage responsible pet ownership and our programs reflect this:
- Animals are spayed and neutered prior to adoption;
- Dog training classes and a behavior help line are provided for all animals and their guardians;
- We are investing money into medical care for sick and injured animals;
- Foster programs continually expand to provide temporary care and rehabilitation;
- We gladly work with other rescue organizations in our area to ensure more animals find homes;
- Our Education Program delivers messages regarding responsible pet ownership and controlling pet overpopulation to the community;
- Animal Protection Officers work in the community to ensure that animals are treated with respect and dignity and within the parameters of current legislation;
- We support the work of other agencies and organizations to support efforts for animals in need.
NOTE: An administration fee of $25.00 will be charged to admitters of stray animals that would like a special consideration placed on the animal for when it goes up for adoption. Call 780-491-3522 for more information.
The Edmonton Humane Society understands that it is very difficult for pet owners to say goodbye to their "forever friend".
We offer euthanasia services and cremation upon request of pet owners.
Why does the Edmonton Humane Society charge Owner Surrender Fees?
Those fees cover only a small portion of what it costs us to care for each animal that stays at our facility. The average cost to care for each animal that comes through our facility is about $280. the cost to care for animals adds up very quickly with items such as:
- General health and behavior assessments
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Vaccines and deworming
- Feeding, general care, and cleaning
- Staff costs to deliver animal care and a variety of other programs
- Promote animals on our website and through various media outlets
- Additional medical or grooming expenses
- Maintenance and care of the building, vehicles, and equipment