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12 Strays of Christmas

Animal Services introduces our ’12 Strays of Christmas’ featuring some of the dogs and cats that need new and loving homes this festive season. The program starts December 1 and runs for 12 business days. A new stray will be featured daily on social media and our website. It’s hard to believe that 12 adorable and friendly pets have been abandoned by their owners.You can make a difference by adopting one and making them a part of your family just in time for the holidays. 

Our adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm and Saturdays noon to 4 pm. Cat adoption fees are only $50 during this promotion, dog adoption fees are $220 and includes the first set of vaccinations, deworming, a microchip, spay/neuter, 6 weeks of free pet insurance and a lifelong friend.

You can save a life today by adopting a stray!   

12 days of strays


Christmas for the Animals

Christmas is a special time of the year, a time to show acts of kindness to animals. Show your kindness today by donating dog or cat treats, canned cat food, toys and/or stuffed animals. 

Donation bins will be set up at various outlets across the city (see below for specific sites).

Cash donations will also be accepted at the Animal Services Centre located at 882 Alloy Place (off Central Avenue).

Christmas for the Animals



Heroes Saving Lives 2018 Calendar

The City of Thunder Bay Animal Services has once again partnered with Superior North EMS and Superior Street Cats to create the Heroes Saving Lives calendar for 2018. The calendar features our animal-loving EMS staff with adorable rescue dogs and cats. All the money raised from the sale of the calendars will go towards spaying, neutering and medical costs for cats in the Trap,Neuter and Return Program. This fundraiser also raises awareness of the live-saving work done by EMS professionals every day. 

Calendars are only $15 and will make a great Christmas gift.

2018 Poster



All About Cats

Find out what Thunder Bay is doing for cats at the Open House Event on Saturday, October 21/17 from noon until 4pm at the Animal Services Centre, 882 Alloy Place.

Talk to volunteers from Superior Street Cats and learn about the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program or find out how you can foster cats with local groups like Caring Hearts Cat Rescue or Kitty Kare Feline Rescue.


Trails and tails adoption fair

Animal Services will partner with the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority along with other pet rescue groups to help find "fur-ever" homes for adoptable pooches and kittens. The event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon until 3 pm at the Cascades Conservation area.

Trails and Tails Poster


Adoption and wellness pet fair

Join Animal Services and several dog and cat rescue groups from 1 to 4 pm on September 23/17.  The Pet Adoption and Wellness Fair will be hosted by Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital, 920 Carrick Street.

pet wellness fair


got mice? adopt a barn cat

Animal Services is launching a new Barn Cat Program. Under this program, cats that aren't suitable for traditional pet adoption will be considered for our Barn Cat Program. The adoption fee is $50 and includes the spay/neuter, microchip, initial vaccines and parasite treatment. Barn cats can be placed in a barn, a warehouse or a farm that needs rodent control. As part of the adoption agreement, the adopter must agree to provide a safe warm shelter, food, clean water and veterinary care and must live outside of city limits in a municipality where cats are not prohibited from running loose.

To adopt a Barn Cat, contact the Animal Services Centre at 807-684-2156.