For the past 7 years the City of Pickering has participated in Responsible Pet Ownership Month, an Ontario wide initiative in the month of May to raise awareness about the need for pet owners to exercise their responsibility and be good pet owners.

Our 2018 Responsible Pet Ownership Initiatives were the best yet. In just one month we were able to raise $15,000 which will be used to help build a permanent Animal Shelter in Pickering. Thanks to everyone who helped bring us one step closer to our new building.

In 2019 we will be focusing on Responsible Pet Owners all year long! Please see the list of activities and events we have planned for the Month of May as well as all year long. 

Rabies and Microchip Clinics

Bring your pet to our next scheduled Rabies and Microchip Clinic:

Tuesday, August 20 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm during Mutts at the Market at Pickering Farmers' Market. 

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

Special Thanks to our sponsoring veterinarian, Dr. Chari.

Watch our video about The importance of microchipping your pet

Activities and Events


Tails to Tales Reading Program with The Pickering Public Library
August 13, 2019
4:30 - 6:00 pm

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.

Mutts at the Market

Tuesday, August 20 at Pickering's Farmers' Market, Esplanade South
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Animals will be taking over the Farmers' Market for the day. We will have a microchip clinic, animal exhibitors and live entertainment.

  • Rabies and Microchip is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost for each service is $20, cash only. Please have pets on a leash or in a carrier.
  • Visit Animal Services to grab some free treats and  free bag.  Other pet related booths include Pawprints Dog Salon, Pet Valu, Creative Body Imaging, Therapeatic Paws and more... 

Animal Services Pop Up Days at the Pickering Town Centre

More dates coming soon!

Visit Animal Services at the Pickering Town Centre and learn about all of the programs and services we have to provide. We will also have cats and small animals for adoption.


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.


Thank you to our 2019 Responsible Pet Ownership Sponsors:

Parkers Pet Care

Parkers Pet Care 


Pet Valu 

Pet Valu



Mr. Lube 

Mr. Lube logo



Veggie Bites

Veggie Bites logo



Mattamy Homes



TACC Developments

 TACC Developments 




Royal Canin

Royal Canin



PawPrints Dog Salon

Pawprints Dog Salon logo




Microcyn Animal Health 



Brock Road Animal Clinic




Ontario Power Generation logo




Pickering Town Centre
Pickering Town Centre logo



Rosebank Animal Hospital


Green Door Dental 

Green Door Dental logo