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Animal Services

​​King Township has contracted the services of the City of Vaughan Animal Services to conduct dog and cat control and provide kennel services for the municipality.​ You may notice animal control vehicles patrolling our streets. This vehicle will have two municipal decals - Township of King and City of Vaughan - indicating our joint partnership.​

Vaughan Animal Services Van 

The Township has arranged for patrols to be conducted in shifts, affording the community early morning and evening hours for monitoring of parks, municipal roadways and sidewalks for issues relating to licensing, dogs running at large, and stoop/scoop offences, etc.

Animal Shelter Hours of Operation​

Monday – Friday      8:30 am to 4:30 pm 
Saturday                  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday                    Closed
*Statutory holidays  Closed

Animal Shelter Location and Contact Information 

70 Tigi Court, Unit 47 
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 5E4​
Animal Shelter Contact Information:

Toll Free: 1-855-227-7297 (PAWS)​

Telephone: 1-905-832-2281


Vaughan Animal Services responds to emergencies for cats and dogs 24/7.

Responsibilities Of Pet Owners

  • No dog owner shall permit any dog to bark or create any noise that is likely to disturb the inhabitants of the Township or that constitutes a nuisance.

  • All dogs must be under full control at all times by being leashed and lead by leash when not on owners property. 

  • No dog owner shall allow a dog to run at large.

  • Every dog owner is responsible for cleaning and disposing of any excrement left by their dogs. 

  • At all times Pit Bulls must be muzzled, a secure leash attached to dog and being lead by handler unless enclosed on property occupied by the owner of the pit bull.

  • D.O.L.A. (DOG OWNER'S LIABILITY ACT) and Pit Bulls.

Cruelty To Animals

Any suspected cases of animal cruelty, or neglect complaints, must be reported to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) at, 1-888-ONT-SPCA (1-888-668-7722).

Call 1-877-673-1549 (i.e.) injured domestic animals requiring veterinarian care and any animal that is "at large" and of imminent threat to the public.

Wildlife in King Township 

King Township has contracted the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) to assist King residents by providing access to expert wildlife advice, rehabilitation of sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals with the goal of returning them to the wild, and trainined rescue of wild animals in dangerous or risky situations. 

If you have a wildlife question or concern between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days / week, please call Toronto Wildlife Centre's hotline at 416-631-0662.  Follow the prompts for more information on how to resolve your situation, or leave a message for the trained hotline team. If your call is urgent, the goal of the hotline team will be to return your call within one hour.  Please allow more time for response to a non-urgent call, especially during spring and summer.  

​Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 a.m., Toronto Wildlife Centre is closed.  If you find a sick, injured, or orphaned wild animal during these hours, please follow the instructions on TWC's phone system or website​ to safely contain the animal and house it overnight.  Leave a message on their hotline, and they will call you back in the morning. 

 For more information regarding the signs to look for when deciding whether an animal is unhealthy, please read the information regarding Unhealthy Animals.

For more information, please consult Toronto Wildlife Centre.

For more information regarding provincial laws and wildlife, please consult  Ministry of Natural Resource's Species List.

For matters regarding the removal of dead animals on municipal roads, please contact the Township of King at 905-833- 5321 or contact York Region​ for Regional Roads at 1-877-464-9675.

For your information, Ministry of Natural Resources regulations and guidelines make it illegal for animal control to trap and relocate wildlife from your property. You can contact the Ministry at 1-800-667-1940 or visit their website​

High turnout at first microchip and rabies clinic in King​!​​

King Township's Clerks and By-law staff partnered with Vaughan Animal Services to provide the first ever microchip and rabies clinic in King City on Thursday April 25th, 2019. King would like to thank everyone that participated for making the clinic so successful. A special thanks goes out to Doctor Stephanie Black, and those from Vaughan Animal Services that helped make this happen. The clinic had 107 rabies vaccines, 27 microchip implants, and a combined 48 pet licences between residents of ​​King Township and the City of Vaughan. We look forward to co-hosting another clinic again soon. ​
Picture of a small dog

Other Information And Services

Ministry of Natural Resources - Fish & Wildlife 
By-law 2016-85 Animal Control By-law 
By-law Number 2012-175 Kennels/Doggie Day Cares
Pit Bull Information
Notice to all Pit Bull Owners
Dog Licence (Tag) Application
Cat Licence (Tag) Information​​​
Animal Resources Contact Guide