Families in Transition

Due to the volume of requests for owners to be a part of the Families In Transition program and the shelter capacity, there will be a 24-48 hour delay in response.

Families in Transition (F.I.T.) is a partnership between Halton Region, Oakville Community Foundation Give Oakville program and the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (OMHS) to provide safety and care for pets.

OMHS is more than just an animal shelter, as we strive to:

  • Be inclusive – accessible to all individuals in the community
  • Reflect the needs of our community of residents, donors, volunteers, supporters and staff
  • Represent community interest

OMHS recognizes the need to serve vulnerable at-risk and homeless families with pet sheltering assistance. In most cases in Halton, pets are not able to stay with their family in a human shelter environment. For these individuals and families transitioning through difficult times, the inability to keep their pets with them is often a huge component of overall well-being and mental health.

The Families in Transition program was established to address the needs of those families who are in transition by providing temporary foster care, boarding, crating assistance, medical care, materials and food for pets.  Temporary safe care for the pets, or other assistance ensures the family unit can be kept together.

With the help of Halton Region, OMHS has received a grant to be able to run the Families in Transition program.

You can fill out our Families in Transition form to start the process. 

If you have any questions about the program or would like to see if you are eligible, please contact us at FIT@omhs.ca 

*Please note, any newly acquired animals (puppies & kittens) are not eligible for this program. 


The Ellis family found themselves in a difficult situation and were temporarily without housing. They were not sure what to do with their two cats, Matrix and Elsa. They knew they didn't want to give them up, but were not sure what programs were available to help. Thanks to the Halton Region, the Ellis family learned about the Families In Transition program.

Matrix and Elsa were boarded with OMHS and received medical care and were well cared for.

The Families in Transition program helped the Ellis family by providing a safe space for their pets to stay. Matrix and Elsa have since been reunited with their family.