Animal Services hosts a number of events year-round to promote animal safety and pet adoption.

12 Strays of Christmas

In December, our 12 Strays of Christmas features dogs and cats that need new and loving homes this festive season. We feature a new stray daily on social media and our website. It's hard to believe that these 12 adorable and friendly pets were 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.

12 strays of christmas

Adoption hours

Our adoption hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays noon to 4:00 pm.

Adoption fees

Cat adoption fees are only $50 during this promotion. Dog adoption fees are $220 and include:

  • First set of vaccinations;
  • Deworming;
  • Microchip;
  • Spay/neuter;
  • 6 weeks of free pet insurance; and
  • A lifelong friend.

You can save a life today by adopting a stray!

Christmas for the Animals

Christmas is a special time of the year and 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. We also accept cash donations at the Animal Services Centre.

Donation bins

Donation bins will be set up at various outlets across the city.

Barn Cat Program

Got mice! Adopt a barn cat. Animal Services has a Barn Cat Program for cats that are not suitable for traditional pet adoption.

Adopting a Barn Cat

Contact Animal Services to adopt a barn cat. The adoption fee is $50 which includes spay or neuter, initial vaccinations, microchip and parasite treatment. You can place a barn cat in a barn, warehouse or farm that needs rodent control. The adopter must agree to provide a warm shelter, food, clean water and veterinary care, and must live outside of city limits in a municipality where cats are allowed to run loose.

Past Events

Heroes Saving Lives 2018 Calendar

The City of Thunder Bay Animal Services partnered with Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) [link to SNEMS] 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.


Trails and Tails Adoption Fair

Animal Services partnered 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 took place on Sunday, September 24 at the Cascades Conservation area.

Adoption and Wellness Pet Fair

Animal Services joined the Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital and several dog and cat rescue groups on September 23, 2017. The Pet Adoption and Wellness Fair was hosted by Thunder Bay Veterinary Hospital.

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