Animal Shelters in Ottawa (2023) PRICE & GUIDE

Animal Shelters in Ottawa

Behind the fluffy ears, the paws, the whiskers, and the cute little tummy are much more than just a pet. They have feelings and deserve a family to take care of them.

If you consider adopting a pet, you should realize that it is a huge commitment and responsibility.

But right now is the best time to adopt if you embrace your role as a pet parent and want to welcome a pet into your family and home.

We’ve compiled a list of the best animal shelters in Ottawa.

How much does it cost to adopt an animal from the shelter?

Generally, An administrative fee ranges between $6 and $25 — sales tax depending on the province applies to all adoptions. This fee covers some of the costs associated with processing adoptions and provides revenue that supports the animal Shelter.

Standard adoption fees

  • Dogs and puppies:
  • Cats and kittens:
  • Birds, rabbits, and other small mammals:

The adoption fee includes:

  • Spay/neuter surgery for dogs, cats and rabbits.
  • Recommended vaccinations.
  • Microchip and registration.
  • Initial worming.

Here are The Best Animal Shelters in Ottawa

Ottawa Humane Society

1. Ottawa Humane Society

The Ottawa Humane Society is a non-profit, community-based organization and a registered charity.

We have a volunteer board of directors, drawn from our supporters and the community at large.

Since 1888, we have been the leading organization providing a safe haven for sick, injured, and homeless animals in Ottawa.

Address: 245 W Hunt Club Rd, Nepean, ON K2E 1A6, Canada


Phone: +16137253166

Homes for Paws Dog Rescue

2. Homes for Paws Dog Rescue

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Homes for Paws is an all-volunteer not-for-profit, dog rescue dedicated to rescuing dogs and giving them a second chance at a new life.

Our goal is to place the dogs we rescue into loving forever homes. We do not have a shelter, all dogs are placed in separate volunteer foster homes within Ottawa-Gatineau until an adoption match is found.


Paws for Cause Animal Rescue

3. Paws for Cause Animal Rescue

Paws for Cause Animal Rescue is a non-profit, foster-based rescue in Ottawa, dedicated to helping animals in need locally and internationally.

Our team is run by volunteers who are passionate about rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, advocacy, and education.


Sit With Me Rescue

4. Sit With Me Rescue

We are an Ontario-and-Quebec-based dog rescue run entirely by dedicated volunteers. Our mission is to help dogs in local shelters who have no other options.

We do not discriminate based on breed, sex, age, or medical condition as our mission is to help the dogs who need us most.



  • Betty Hurd

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