The Winnipeg Humane Society no longer maintains an open door policy for owned animals. You must speak with an Animal Advisor and make an appointment to bring your animal(s) in.
Before surrendering your animal
Are you planning to surrender your animal because of a behaviour issue? Please read the behaviour help page or call the WHS behaviour help line at 204-988-8808. WHS staff can help you solve some of the problems you experience with your pet’s behaviour and prevent surrendering an animal to the shelter.
If you plan to surrender your pet, please call Animal Intake at 204-982-2021, Option 5
- If you leave a message, remember to include your name and phone number.
- If you are considering euthanasia of your pet for health, age or temperment reasons, The WHS strongly encourages you to seek the guidance of your veterinarian.
- The WHS does not operate a full service veterinary clinic.
After confirming your appointment with animal intake, please fill out the appropriate surrender questionnaire below:
Surrendering your animal to The WHS should be your LAST resort
Due to the volume of animals the shelter receives each and every day, we are NOT able to guarantee the future of your pet. You will be required to sign a form indicating that you understand our policy that your pet may be euthanized (put to sleep).
We understand that surrendering your pet is a very difficult decision to make. Should we be your last resort, please be honest with our Animal Advisors. They are here to help and gather as much information as possible to ensure your pet can/will be successfully adopted into a new home.
We work very hard to give each animal that comes through our doors the proper care and an opportunity for a new home. In order to do that we must limit our Intake to match our space and other resources. In the event that our shelter is full, we will put your pet on a waiting list. The length of wait can vary between a few days and a few weeks. It is important to not wait for the last minute to try and resolve your pet’s behaviour issues or attempt to find a new home for your pet.
- Cats: 2 out of 4 are adopted
- Dogs: 4 out of 5 are adopted
We know you want the best for your pet. The WHS is committed to supporting your efforts to explore realistic alternatives to bringing your animal to the shelter.
Please feel free to contact the Animal Intake Department at (204) 982-2021, Option 5 anytime for further guidance. We hope we can be a valuable resource to you by offering services such as behaviour consultations, customized information mail-outs, practical advice, and support during this difficult time.
- Have I sought guidance from expert sources regarding behaviour problems or allergies?
- If so, have I followed their advice and given it enough time?
- Have I spread the word through family, friends, and coworkers?
- Have I contacted the shelter/breeder/person I got the animal from?
- If the animal is a purebred, have I tried contacting a rescue group for that breed? (Please ask an Animal Advisor if you need a purebred rescue’s phone number.)
- Have I tried the WHS Yelp Line to correct my pet’s behaviour?
Try contacting these shelters:
WINNIPEG PET RESCUE
3062 Portage Ave.
RESCUE SIAMESE (Siamese cats only)
960 St. Mary’s Rd.
MANITOBA MUTTS DOG RESCUE
WINNIPEG BOXER RESCUE
HULLS HAVEN BORDER COLLIE RESCUE
Please don’t forget to change any identification (tattoo, microchip, tags or city licenses) for your pet into the new owner’s name, address, phone number, and emergency contact info.