Adopt a new friend at the Windsor Essex-County Humane Society

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Melanie Renaud

Melanie Renaud is a 3rd-year Digital Journalism student studying at the University of Windsor. Renaud has covered arts, politics, campus, and city news in Windsor since moving to the city in 2015. She currently holds the head editor position in Windsor Model United Nations High school conferences and has also held the public relations and marketing positions.


(Cat enclosures at the Windsor Essex-County Humane Society)

Adopting a pet is an exciting time and an important decision families can make. While adopting from a pet store is an option – visiting a local animal shelter can change an animal’s life for the better.

According to a majority of the South Windsor community – a major issue in Windsor is the amount of homeless domestic animals. Statistics show that only half of the animals in shelters get adopted.

“The number of euthanized animals could be reduced by a ton if more people adopted pets from shelters instead of buying them from pet stores. When you adopt, you save an animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.” Says Anna L.  – a university student from South Windsor area who chose to adopt a puppy from a local shelter.

The Windsor Essex-County Humane society located on Provincial road cares for these animals awaiting adoption and a forever family. The Humane Society is a temporary home to a large selection of cats, dogs and other small animals.

(Simba, age 2 – at the Humane Society in South-Windsor)

Meet Simba and Calie – an inseparable pair at the Humane Society available for adoption. 2-year-old cats, Simba and Calie can be found grooming one another, playing hide and seek, and snuggling up together in their shared enclosure.

These two lovable creatures are only a couple out of over 200 animals seeking adoption – the shelter provides care to a hundred or more cats, and about 40 dogs. Here are a couple more animals available for adoption.

(Carl – a kitten at the Humane Society)

(A playful cat posing in its enclosure)

“There are a lot of happy stories – a lot of good go home stories we get to see here at the Humane Society.” Said Amanda Dawson, Shelter operations manager at the Windsor Essex-County Humane society expresses her love for her job.

“Though there are some sad stories, we try to balance them with good – we try to find happy homes for all our animals.” She adds.

“It’s a lot of work, there’s a lot of stuff going on all the time – it’s always busy with animals needing to be cleaned and fed but it’s for the greater good so it’s definitely worth it.”


(Amanda Dawson, Shelter operations manager holding a puppy the shelter cares for)

“We have a large volunteer force – there are lots of ways to help the shelter, whether inside the building or through events.” Dawson says.

The animal shelter holds volunteer opportunities for individuals in the community who are looking to help out the animals through time, funding or donations.

Events coordinators are using the Christmas season to sell ornaments to raise money for the Humane society.

“It’s a promotion type adopt an animal for the shelter situation.” Dawson says there will also be a Gala charity event in the spring.

To learn more about how you can help or become involved – visit the humane society website:

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    May 29, 2016

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