Toronto Animal Services accepts animals surrendered (living or deceased) by their owners. Owner surrenders for living pets are scheduled by appointment only, Monday through Friday (exception of statutory holidays). If your pet is deceased, no appointment is necessary.
Who can surrender animals
There will be no boundaries placed on a pet owner who wishes to surrender their animal. They may surrender an animal at any one of our shelters, regardless of where they live in the City of Toronto.
The surrender process
Owners will be required to provide proof of ownership for the animal (e.g. adoption papers, veterinary records, etc) as well as photo identification for themselves.
The owner must pay a surrender fee. View Animal Services fees.
Owners will be required to sign documentation transferring ownership of the animal to Toronto Animal Services. Owners may also be required to fill out an Animal History Form at the time of their appointment.
Please bring all records (medical history, rabies and/or sterilization certificate, etc.) with you for your scheduled appointment.
Upon signing ownership over to Toronto Animal Services, the final disposition (e.g. adoption, transfer to rescue group or euthanasia) of the animal will be made by Toronto Animal Services and you will not be contacted to be advised of the disposition.