News release

Bring Home a new Member of the Family by Adopting or Fostering a Pet

Welcoming a new pet into your family can be a big decision.

City services | April 30, 2019

Maurice is a fun and loving companion who wants to be your best friend. This silver/grey tabby is looking for a new family to provide love and care.

Maurice – available for adoption at Mississauga Animal Services

Welcoming a new pet into your family can be a big decision – however, opening your doors to a new dog, cat, rabbit, ferret or bird could also be the best thing that ever happened to you and your family.

Why adopt Maurice or any other friendly faces? It’s pretty simple – adopting a pet from Mississauga Animal Services has many benefits:

  • Low adoption fees
  • Spayed/neutered or reduced spay/neuter fees
  • First-year licence included in fees
  • Cats adopted have a microchip implant, been dewormed and have received their first set of vaccinations (excluding rabies)

How to adopt a pet?

Start by having a conversation with your family on what pet is the best fit for your household. Keep in mind that everyone in your household should be aware of or want to participate in the adoption of the animal to provide the best care possible.

Next, visit the Mississauga Animal Services shelter to get acquainted and learn about the different types of animals to start you on the right path to owning a pet.

Getting and renewing your pet licence

Every dog and cat in Mississauga needs a license as per the Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04. Having a licence for your pet equips Animal Services for the information they need to return your pet home, in the event they go missing. Pet owners are responsible for the purchase and renewal of a pet licence. Pet licences must be visible on the pet’s collar.

Owners of unlicensed pets may be subject to an administrative penalty of $100.

Not ready for adoption as yet?

You could get comfortable by fostering a new pet.

Foster care could be a perfect opportunity for you and your family to learn and care for a pet. The City’s foster care program allows you to temporarily care for pets that need special attention and care outside of the shelter environment.

To become a foster parent, you must complete an application form and submit it to the Animal Services shelter.

Once completed, Mississauga Animal Services staff will provide guidelines for foster care and conduct a home inspection to ensure that your home meets the standard requirements. After approval, the applicant will be added to a waitlist until animals become available.

Residents can access more information through multiple avenues, including online at or contacting Animals Services at 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 if outside city limits).


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