Q: Where is your facility located?
Kingston Animal Rescue operates through a network of foster homes. We do not own or operate a shelter facility. We don’t even have an office!
Q: Are you a registered charity?
Yes! Kingston Animal Rescue is a registered charity. Tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more and are mailed or emailed out following the end of the calendar year. Our CRA registration number is 83204 4802 RR0001.
Q: Where do donations to the rescue go?
The vast majority of donations to KAR go directly to animal medical care, which is by far our largest expense. A small percentage goes to supplies (animal equipment, fundraising materials etc.). Learn more about our expenses in the donate section.
Q: What is required to foster an animal?
Mostly just a loving home, a commitment to the animal, and the ability to provide some basic ongoing supplies. Please see our foster section to learn more.
Q: I have an animal I need to re-home, can you help me?
We focus on last chance and at-risk animals. This means most animals in our care come from shelters or were found as strays. We rarely accept an owner surrendered animal.
We believe owners are responsible for the care of their animals for life. If the need to re-home arises, the owner ought to do everything possible to find a suitable and loving new home for the animal on their own, without burdening the already strained animal welfare community. That said, if you are dealing with an exceptional situation you may contact us to see if we can assist.
Q: What does "no kill" mean?
No kill means that we never euthanize an animal due to space limitations or because they have been in the rescue too long. It also means that we do everything possible to save an animal. We will only consider euthanasia if it is truly a compassionate decision: the animal is suffering and there is no potential for recovery.
We go to great lengths for our animals. Some examples include: providing steroid injections for a rat with a brain tumour, providing life-saving surgery for a cat with a urinary blockage (he was 24 hours away from dying – the surgery we provided eliminated the potential of future issues), caring for a rabbit with glaucoma (required twice-daily eye medication), taking in a guinea pig with back-end paralysis, and providing several surgeries for a cat with a fractured pelvis, broken jaw and broken tail.