Municipal Licensing & Standards

Animal Services

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) encourages safe and enjoyable communities for both people and pets. TAS promotes responsible pet ownership, encourages voluntary compliance with animal-related laws, promotes pet adoption and pet licensing and microchipping. Learn more about our services below.

West Shelter temporary closure

The West Shelter, located at 146 The East Mall, will be closed until early 2016 for renovations.

During the closure, animals will be relocated to the other animal shelters.

What's new

Popular services

Chip Truck

Chip Truck

The Chip Truck offers City of Toronto pet licences and microchips and a rabies vaccine for only $25 for cats and $35 for dogs. 

Other Animal Services Resources


The Chip Truck

The Chip Truck offers City of Toronto pet licences and microchips and a rabies vaccine for only $25 for cats and $35 for dogs. View 2015 dates.



Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) Program

We sterilize and ear tip feral cats from managed colonies. Cats are returned to their original colony locations by their caretakers after they have recovered from surgery. Learn more here.


Animal Enforcement

Toronto Animal Services promotes the health and safety of people, pets and animals living together in Toronto communities through bylaw enforcement and mobile response.


Animal Shelters

Toronto Animal Services' four shelters are clean, busy and often happy places where people can find a new companion or be reunited with a lost pet. 

Animal Services Updates and Events

ExpandCity of Toronto partners with outside businesses and organizations to sell pet licences

Toronto residents can now purchase or renew their dog or cat licence at the Toronto Humane Society and participating veterinarians across the city.  Licences will still be sold at the four Toronto Animal Services' shelters and on the City's website through the e-Pet portal.

In accordance with Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, all dog and cat owners in the City of Toronto must purchase a licence for their pet. Recent estimates show that only 30% of dogs and 10% of cats in the City of Toronto are licensed.

Through pet licensing, Animal Services makes every effort to reunite owners with their pet if it becomes accidentally lost or in the case of an emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

Each year, Toronto Animal Services reunites more than 2,200 pets with their owners. When pets are licensed, the animal care and control officers on the street do not ever have to bring the animal to the shelter.  The pet and owner can be reunited almost immediately.

Licensing fees go directly back to Toronto Animal Services to help support programs such as pet adoption, spaying/neutering and providing medical care for lost and homeless animals. Toronto Animal Services provides care for thousands of unwanted, injured, abandoned or lost animals each year.

See where you can purchase a pet licence in your neighbourhood.

ExpandToronto Animal Services wins national award

Toronto Animal Services has won a nationally recognized award for our efforts at re-homing animals, accepted by James Mclean, Animal Care and Control Officer. The winners of the awards were announced at the National Summit for Urban Animal Strategies in October 2013. James is an extremely driven individual who has dedicated his life to helping homeless dogs, not only at work, but during his free time. James has created a large network of dog rescue groups that Toronto Animal Services works with on a daily basis to match dogs with Toronto residents. 

ExpandThank you to our volunteer photographers!

Shout out to all of our volunteers who spend their free time taking great photos of our adoption animals! Good photographs are key to getting potential adopters interested in our available animals! Like they say, a picture tells a thousand words. Much appreciation to:

Sharon DiGenova
Amanda Factor
Laura Heslin
Fred Ni
Karen Weiler of Posh Pets Photography

Thanks to all of you for making the animals look as great in their photo as they are in real life!

ExpandWe have a winner for National Dress up Your Pet Day!

"Country Diva" was submitted by Sarah from Oakville! It was very difficult to make a decision, but Country Diva's nail polish clinched it for us! Sarah will be donating her prize back to the dogs at Toronto Animal Services.

We had a great response for this contest and thank all who participated and entered their pets. 

National Dress Up Your Pet Day was founded in 2009 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist, Colleen Paige, as a fun way to promote the need for adoption, celebrate our beloved pets and to help support the pet retail business like neighbourhood pet supply stores, local artisans, knitters and pet photographers who can use days like this to showcase their crafts.

To see some of our other great entries, visit our Toronto Animal Services' page on Facebook at