Animal Services realizes that being a pet owner is an important task to take on.  As a result of this, Animal Services offers events and programs specific to our pet community. Check out the planned events below:  

Rabies and Microchip Clinics

Unfortunately clinics scheduled in 2020 have been cancelled however, we hope to more scheduled in 2021. Please contact your veterinarian directly to book your appointment today.

The cost for each service is $20, cash only. Please have pets on a leash or in a carrier.

Watch our video about The importance of microchipping your pet

Activities and Events


Animal Show & Tell with the Pickering Public Library

Thursday, December 8, 2020
4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
Online Event

Join Animal Services and Library Staff for a virtual show and tell with your pet! In this zoom-based social event children will have a chance to practice public speaking while sharing fun facts about their favourite pet. No pets at home, no problem! Share a stuffed animal, picture, toy or even an imaginary animal friend! Animal Services will be live at the shelter to share a bit about some of the animals in their care. Open to children 3 - 7 years old. Visit the Pickering Public Library for more information, and to register.

Tails to Tales Reading Program with The Pickering Public Library

More dates coming soon!

Children have the opportunity to visit the shelter to read to the animals, learn about their unique stories, and create handmade toys for them to enjoy long after your visit. Open to children 9 - 12 years old. Visit the Pickering Public Library for more information, and to register.

Past Events 

If you missed our past events, no worries, you can still view many of them from our Petapolooza Webpage.  

Spay Neuter Assistance Programs

City of Pickering Sterilization Program

KittenWe have teamed up with veterinarians within Durham Region to offer a low cost spay-neuter assistance program for cats (DR SNAP) here in Pickering.In order to qualify for the program you must be a Durham Region resident and must be receiving assistance from one of the following government programs:

  • Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement for Seniors (GIS)
  • Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP)
  • Canada Pension Plan Disability Payment (CPP Disability)
  • Ontario Works Program

If you qualify for the program you will be given a sterilization voucher that allows you to have your pet sterilized at a participating veterinarian at a reduced rate.Some veterinarian clinics may require additional vaccines or treatments prior to surgery. Please ask your veterinarian prior to receiving a voucher.For more information on how to receive a voucher, email the Customer Care Centre or call at 905.683.7575 for more information.

Ticks and Tickborne Diseases

How to protect yourself and your pet from ticks

Like most locations in Ontario, the City of Pickering is also home to ticks. Over the last few years the tick population has been rapidly expanding, and it is very common for pet owners to find ticks on their pets. There are many species of ticks that can be found here in Pickering, including the black-legged tick which is known to carry Lyme disease.

After your walks, make sure that you regularly check yourself and your pets for ticks, especially when going into wooded areas.

Given the prevalence of Lyme disease, it is also a good idea to have your dog(s) screened for tick-borne diseases annually, and to seek advice from your veterinarian regarding ways to prevent ticks from biting your pet. You are where your dog is-- if your pet is positive for a tick-borne disease, it means that you are also exposing yourself to a potential infection.

Below are a few websites that provide further information on ticks and how you can protect both you and your pet:

  • is a website created by Veterinarian Scott Weese to help track and record tick bites to dogs as well as provide further education on the risks specific to pets.
  • The Durham Region Health Department website provides information on Lyme Disease including signs and sypmtoms in humans. They also provide statistics on the number or ticks tested each year


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