Animal Services

Vaughan Animal Services is dedicated to creating a safe community for pets and their owners. Services include dog and cat licensing, animal control by-law education, pick up of injured or sick dogs, cats and wildlife (as well as stray dogs), reuniting owners with lost pets and pet adoption.

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Animal Services building and staff holding a dog, a raccoon and looking for something at a pond

Shelter hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and statutory holidays

 

Adoption hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and statutory holidays

 

Wildlife education drop-in hours: 

Dufferin Clark Community Centre 1441 Clark Ave. W.

  • Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Dog adopt-a-thon
On Saturday Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., come by our dog adopt-a-thon at the Vaughan Animal Shelter! We have many dogs in need of a loving home. No appointment is needed. Learn more.

Enforcement, adoption and other animal inquiries

Vaughan Animal Services encourages compliance with the Animal Control By-law. Complaints, adoption and other inquires can be made online, or by phone at 905-832-2281.

 

Report sick, injured or other wildlife situations   

Vaughan Animal Services can be reached at 905-832-2281 or animal.services@vaughan.ca

With geese starting to return to the community, the City of Vaughan is reporting a significant number of birds that have died or are infected with presumed avian influenza (H5N1), also known as bird flu, throughout the community.

 

The public is asked to report any dead or ill geese to Vaughan Animal Services (VAS) at 905-832-2281 or animal.services@vaughan.ca and staff will respond. Please do not touch the birds.

 

As is always recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada, members of the public should not handle sick or dead wild birds or other wildlife, as they may be infected with diseases that can spread to humans. Pets should also be kept away from sick or dead wildlife and be kept on leashes.

 

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, wild birds in Canada and throughout the world are natural carriers of avian influenza viruses. Although some wild birds may get sick and die, others can be infected and still appear healthy. Avian influenza can spread to domestic poultry and can sometimes spread to mammals, such as foxes, skunks and mink, who may eat infected birds. Rarely, avian influenza may also spread to people. While the likelihood of becoming infected with avian influenza virus is low, individuals should still be cautious when handling infected wild birds or other wildlife because avian influenza has the potential to cause severe disease in people.

 

Vaughan Animal Services continues to discourage the use of birdfeeders and recommends removal of existing ones to limit the transmission of the virus. As well, cats should be kept indoors, and birdbaths should be removed.

 

If you have any questions about your property, please contact VAS at 905-832-2281 or animal.services@vaughan.ca.

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Contact Information

By-law and Compliance, Licensing and Permit Services – Animal Services 

Phone: 905-832-2281 

Toll free: 1-855-227-7297 (PAWS) 

Email: animal.services@vaughan.ca 

 

Location: 

 

Department 
Vaughan City Hall, Level 100 
2141 Major Mackenzie Dr. 
Vaughan, ON  L6A 1T1 

 

Shelter 
70 Tigi Crt., Unit 47 
Vaughan, ON  L4K 5E4