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Cat Adoption Centre Opens in Markham


The City of Markham’s new Cat Adoption and Education Centre (CAEC) opened its doors at the Thornhill Community Centre and Library at 7755 Bayview Avenue on January 13, 2016. The Centre was initiated by Markham City Council in June 2015, to increase cat adoption and reduce cat euthanasia rates in Markham. The CAEC is the first of its kind in the GTA and the first cat adoption storefront in Ontario to be funded by a municipality. The storefront houses 17 cats and offers residents a convenient, accessible location to obtain pet education tools and access to a variety of healthy, vaccinated and well-adjusted pets needing a permanent home.

The daily operation of the CAEC and care of cats is managed by the OSPCA and trained volunteers under the direction of City of Markham staff. Since the CAEC is not an animal shelter, the intake of unwanted animals will continue to be offered by the OSPCA’s Newmarket Shelter.

If you wish to contribute to this exciting new endeavor, donation boxes are located at several City facilities. If you are interested in corporate sponsorships or volunteer opportunities within the CAEC, please contact Christy Lehman, Licensing & Animal Services Coordinator at clehman@markham.ca. The Centre is open: Monday to Wednesday: 12 p.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday & Friday: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m and Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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