How to Adopt

New Adoption Protocol from Burlington Humane

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking action to help protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff.  In an abundance of caution, we are suspending all walk-in guests into Burlington Humane.  

If you would like to adopt an animal, please complete our online Adoption Application found on our website. There are separate forms for either Dog or Cat adoptions.  Once the form has been submitted and completed, our Adoption Counselor will contact you by phone to discuss your application in more detail to better clarify the best fit for an animal in your home.

If you are cleared to move to the next step in the process, they will schedule an appointment with you to come in and look at our available animals. You are then welcome to accompany one of our volunteers on a tour of the cat rooms or dog kennels to meet our current residents!

Cats and Kittens can be adopted that same day.  The adoption process for Dogs requires about 2-3 interviews with the Adoption Counsellors before bringing your new family member home. We encourage that  the potential adopter and their family  schedule multiple visits to interact with the Dog.  An evaluation  of all prospective adopters is completed with the objective of finding the best fit for the Dog in question.

If you do not meet your match on your first visit, we will keep your completed application on file for about four months.

We look forward to meeting you at the shelter soon!!

View our Dogs Available for Adoption.

View our Cats Available for Adoption.  

Adoption Fees


Thank you for choosing to adopt.  Due to a shortage of dogs and puppies available for adoption, there is a rise the number of puppy mills, particularly overseas.  Learn more about this disturbing development from Humane Canada hereBurlington Humane Society is a proud member of Humane Canada, the federation of humane societies and SPCAs.