There are a variety of differences between the City's Animal Services Centre (Alloy Place) and the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society (Rosslyn Road).
The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society is an affiliate of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) which receives no government funding and operates an animal shelter located on Rosslyn Road. Their primary function is to investigate cruelty complaints and enforce the OSPCA Act in the District of Thunder Bay including the City of Thunder Bay. They also provide adoption services and advocate responsible pet ownership through education. They rely heavily on donations, fund-raising events and volunteers to assist them in carrying out their mandate.
The City's Animal Services Centre located on Alloy Place is a municipally funded animal shelter. Their primary function is to protect the public from aggressive domestic dogs and cats through the enforcement of the City's by-laws. In addition, they operate the City pound for the safe keeping of stray (lost) dogs and cats and provide adoption services.
Both agencies are distinct and separate with different roles and mandates. In the spirit of collaboration, the agencies often work together by sharing information, resources, expertise and training.