Saving Lives Since 1927
The Kitchener-Waterloo & North Waterloo Humane Society is one of the largest humane societies in Ontario serving one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas. Over 18,000 square feet of space allows us to care for 62 dogs, 165 cats and an assortment of birds, small mammals and reptiles. In emergency situations the Centre can be quickly altered to house up to 400 animals. The KWHS provides humane education, law enforcement, and sheltering of animals in this community. We do not receive any government funding.
- Provide a safe haven for animals in need.
- Share our vision with the public concerning the humane treatment, care and protection of all animals.
- Ensure all animals within our care are treated with respect and compassion.
- Identify and serve community needs for animal companionship.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society advocates for the treatment of animals in accordance with the position statements set out by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. To read through the full set of position statements, click here.
Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society Maintains Community Focus
The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) in fulfilling its mandate of being responsible for the welfare of animals in the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and the surrounding communities, believes in meeting the needs of our community first. To fill our Centre with animals that may carry unfamiliar strains of disease from another area is not the best way to serve our community. KWHS will continue to assist other animal welfare agencies in need by providing expertise, supplies, or labour.
The KWHS supports and practices positive reinforcement dog training methods. Our Canine Education Centre offers classes in positive reinforcement training taught by a certified dog trainer. Although we recognize that some pets may fail to respond to positive training and that a pet owner may wish to explore other methods as a reasonable option to avoid relinquishing ownership, we do not condone methods that cause pain, fear, and/or undue distress. The KWHS urges pet owners to find a qualified, experienced, certified trainer to assist with their training needs.
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