Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter Successfully Passes First Provincial Inspection

Dec 7, 2016

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter has passed its first provincial inspection with an acceptable rating in all categories for maintenance and animal care. An inspector with the Animal Health and Welfare Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs submitted his report on November 24, noting the, “pound is very clean and well maintained and all animals appear to be well cared for.”

“We are very proud of the results of our first regular inspection as a municipal animal shelter,” said Melissa Laalo, Greater Sudbury Animal Care and Control By-law Coordinator. “Our team has been working extremely hard to provide a high standard of care for the dogs and cats brought to our shelter. Our employees genuinely love animals so we are constantly seeking ways to learn more and further improve the overall shelter experience.”

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs requires its inspectors to make regular, unannounced visits of municipal animal shelters to ensure compliance with provincially legislated requirements for housing and standards of animal care. Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter achieved “acceptable”, the highest rating, in 10 categories for maintenance and nine categories for animal care with no deficiencies requiring improvement.

Since opening on October 24 to December 2, Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter has rescued a total of 36 dogs and 100 cats found injured, roaming at large or abandoned in our community. During this time, Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter, with its partners in the animal rescue community, processed the adoption of six dogs and 71 cats or kittens. Eighteen dogs and four cats have been reunited with their owners and dogs or cats that have not yet been adopted have gone to foster homes while awaiting adoption. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter does not perform euthanasia. The first objective of the shelter is to reunite dogs and cats with their owners. If owners cannot be found, or decline to recover their pet, dogs and cats are adopted directly from the shelter or through a network of animal rescue partners.

Animals with serious injuries, illness or behavioral issues are brought to a local veterinarian for assessment or treatment. Seven cats have been euthanized for one of these reasons. All dogs and cats receive inoculations when they arrive at the shelter to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter is located at 39 Kari Road in Wahnapitae. Shelter hours are Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents who have lost or found a pet may call 705-694-PETS (7387) during business hours or 3-1-1 after hours. Lost and found pet pages are also available on the City of Greater Sudbury website at