Humane Society reminds of new protocols for lost or found pets in Kawartha Lakes

By Lindsay Advocate

If you are reporting a stray, lost or found cat or dog, please call Kawartha Lakes at 705-324-9411 ext. 1212, or at 705-928-3054 after hours. Collect as much information about the animal as possible, including possible owner’s information. Also visit the city’s Facebook page for pictures of found pets.

We (the Humane Society) work as quickly as we can to help all animals (stray, owned, abandoned, sick or injured) in need in our community, and you can call us for support if you know of such an animal. Please understand that during some periods of the year, animal rescues and shelters are extremely busy and cannot accept animals right away. Emergencies will always take priority, but we will respond promptly to requests for our services. We work as swiftly as possible to move animals into homes to make room for the next animals in need. Call us at 705-878-4618.

Please note that as of April 1, our contractual relationship with the city has ended. This means that dogs taken into custody by the city’s bylaw officers will be brought to facilities other than HSKL’s shelter. In conjunction with this municipal service change, the city will no longer be responding to calls for service regarding cats whose owners are unidentified, and the city has put its Feral Cat Trap Neuter Return Pilot Project on hold. HSKL can provide traps, food, shelters, and information for feral cat colony caretakers.

For more information about the city’s decision to reduce animal services, please see the full news release on the city’s website.

If you find a stray or lost cat or dog, you should still alert the city and receive directions on what to do with the animal. Inform them about the animal’s information, including a possible owner if they are known. By alerting the city, the finder gives the animal the best chance of being reunited with its family. If the city will not respond to and fulfill the request for service, please call us and we will provide support as needed. We will take the stray or lost animal into our care and keep it away from harm.

HSKL remains dedicated to our community’s stray, lost, owned, abandoned, neglected, injured and sick animals. If you know of an animal at risk that would normally be reported to the city, and the City’s new service level excludes that animal, HSKL will still care for it at the shelter and work toward its best outcome. Please note that we do not have the resources to pick up animals.

For more information about HSKL and our services, please visit


  1. Joan Abernethy says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this and about the added stress this will put on you and on our vulnerable animals. Thanks so much for continuing to communicate with City residents; most of us read only the City’s press release and had a lot of questions. Thanks also for continuing to do your best to meet the needs of the animals at risk in our community. We animals lovers – and that is most of us – appreciate it. Best wishes, going forward.

  2. Susan Wynne says:

    KLAWS – Kawartha Lakes Animal Wellness Society has been offering lost/found assistance since we began in 2013 and are a local volunteer organization. We carry portable scanners for microchips, assist with our experienced lost/found strategies, resources, posters, networking and more in order to help get those lost/found reunited with their families. If you have a missing/found pet, please also reach out with available details to . Include pet’s name/age/sex/if neutered or spayed; area and intersection where went missing; a few clear photos so all markings are seen; when went missing/found; if any collar/tags and if microchipped; contact number for posters; any medical issues, unique identifying features/personality to help with the search. Learn more and find us on Facebook at

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