Do you know who to call in case of an animal emergency in Mississauga?


Published February 22, 2023 at 1:43 pm

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While most people hope they never have to report an animal emergency in Mississauga and beyond, it’s important to know who to call just in case they ever need to.

Animal Services in Mississauga is available 24-7 to help with emergency animal rescue as well as to investigate animal care complaints, dog bites or even by-laws.

Over the last few years, they have responded to several disturbing animal cruelty concerns in Mississauga, which included a cat being thrown from a moving vehicle. Officers also located a plastic storage container left outside the shelter with two cats in it. In both of these cases, Animal Services was able to rescue the animals and provide medical attention as well as a safe place to recover.

Residents who see an animal that is visibly sick, injured, suffering or in immediate distress, running in traffic, locked in a hot vehicle or acting aggressively, may call (905) 896-5858 and choose Option One immediately.

To report cases of animal neglect or cruelty, please call the Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre at 1-833-926-4625.

Any violation of these laws can result in sentences including two years of jail time, fines of up to $130,000 as an individual and a lifetime ban on pet ownership, among others.

Residents are reminded that they should only call 911 if a person or pet’s life is in danger, a person has been seriously injured in an animal attack and needs medical attention or an animal attack is threatening public safety.

Additionally, those who can no longer care for a pet should try to find them another home without surrendering them to the shelter. By rehoming, residents can communicate directly with the new owner and provide information about their pets.

To rehome a pet, residents may visit Home to Home. This service is free and does not allow money to be exchanged between owners.

The Animal Services Shelter may also be contacted with any questions, or concerns, or to discuss other ways to rehome a pet.

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