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 at this time we have no clinics scheduled in 2021.  Please contact your veterinarian directly to book your appointment today.

Watch our video about The importance of microchipping your pet

Activities and Events


Pet Trivia Gone Wild

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Event

Open to Adults

Join the City of Pickering Animal Services and Pickering Public Library for a night of pet and animal themed trivia! The Trivia will run through Kahoot and Zoom and attendees will be sent the Zoom link the day prior to the event. Register today!

SafePet Ontario Information Night

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Event

Open to Adults and interested Foster Families (due to the nature of the topic we suggest no small children)

Did you know?  89 per cent of pets involved in situations of domestic or intimate partner violence are also abused? Unfortunately, many human shelters or transitional homes are unable to house animals, which prevents many victims from seeking safety. SafePet Ontario coordinates foster care for pets of individuals fleeing domestic violence. The program helps survivors seek safety while ensuring their pet receives proper care until they’re stabilized and safe and can reunite.


Joins us to learn what Animal Services and SafePet Ontario are doing to help those in need in our community. Tammy Merritt, Coordinator from Safe Pets will share with you the impact the program is having and how you can become a temporary foster home for a pet in need.  Register Here!

Take & Make: Dog Bandanas

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Event

Join Animal Services and the Pickering Public Library to help make your dog glam! No dog, that's okay, you can decorate one for a stuffed animal or maybe even your cat.

Each kit will include a fabric bandana and reflective vinyl cutouts. You will need access to a clothing iron at home to complete the project, but no sewing required! 

Sign up to make a pet bandana today!

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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