Notice regarding animals for adoption 

  • The animal shelter is currently closed to view animals for adoption. Available pets may be viewed online and an online application form can be completed  if you are interested in a particular animal.
  • Visit our Adoptable Pets page to see what pets are still looking for a home, complete an online adoption application form or find more information on our adoption process during COVID19.

Visit pickering.ca/COVID19 for the most up-to-date information on the City’s response.


We are committed to reuniting all lost pets with their owners. In cases where this is not possible, the pet is placed for adoption in hopes of finding a new and loving home.  

Check out our available animals for adoption and our adoption success stories.

Thinking about getting a pet? Check our helpful guidelines and watch the Your Life video at DurhamRegion.com to find out how to choose the best pet for your home.


Adoption Details

Adoption fee includes:

  • the initial set of vaccinations
  • 2 month trial of Pets + Us pet insurance 
  • a City of Pickering Animal License
  • microchipping and deworming of animals
  • sterilization of animals before adoption
  • Access to the Petfirst Program offered by Royal Canin as well as receive coupons to purchase food.
  • Ren's Pets Adoption Package including a Gift Card as well as information specific to the type of pet adopted. 
  • Cats adopted from PetSmart receive an Adoption Package from PetSmart with discounts, coupons and information specific to the type of pet adopted.

Although every effort is made to ensure that all animals are spayed/neutered before adoption, it is not always possible. In situations where cats/kittens are too young to be sterilized, a $75 rebate certificate is provided.

We advise those interested in adopting an animal from us to do the following:

  1. Visit our Adoptable Animals Page. If you find an animal you are interested in, complete our Online Adoption Application Form.
  2. Once submitted, Animal Services Staff will review each application and if selected, staff will arrange a phone interview to speak to you further about the animal. Staff will follow up with a virtual meet and greet.
  3. Successful candidates will complete paperwork electronically and a date and time will be coordinated for pick-up of your new furry friend
  4. Enjoy the new member of your family!

Adoption Fees:

  • cat $120
  • dog $250
  • adoption fees for small animals vary by species

Accepted Payment:

  • Debit
  • Visa
  • MasterCard