Animal Shelter

Responsible management of lost and homeless dogs and cats

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter at 39 Kari Road in Wahnapitae provides a temporary home for dogs and cats found injured, abandoned or roaming at large in our community.

Shelter hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Telephone: 705-694-PETS (7387) or

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Take Highway 17E to Highway 537/Hill Street. Follow to Dryden Road East for 6.8 km then turn right onto Kari Road (gravel road) for about 1.4 km.

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See the results of the first inspection of Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter by the Animal Health and Welfare Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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 and welfare partners.

Under provincial legislation, dogs and cats must remain in the care of the shelter for a minimum of three days, not counting the day of admission or holidays, before an assessment is made for suitability for adoption. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

The City of Greater Sudbury has partnerships with animal rescue and welfare groups for fostering both dogs and cats. Volunteer networks across the province offer many opportunities for pets to be adopted both locally and elsewhere.

Euthanasia is not performed at Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter. Animals with serious injuries, illness or behavioral issues are brought to a local veterinarian for assessment or treatment and may be euthanized for humane reasons upon recommendation of the vet.

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter will undergo an evaluation after a one-year trial for cost effectiveness, efficiencies and citizen satisfaction.

Retrieving Your Pet

Greater Sudbury Shelter staff will make every reasonable effort to reunite dogs and cats with their owners. Pet owners retrieving their dog or cat from the Shelter must pay:

  • Impound Fee: $50
  • Boarding Fee: $27 per day
  • Cost of Veterinary Care: When applicable

If a pet is not licensed, pet owners must also purchase a dog or cat licence

Pet owners must present satisfactory evidence that they are the rightful owner of the dog or cat. Please have a leash or carrier to take your pet home.

For your convenience, you may fill out the attached redemption form prior to arriving at the Shelter.

Emergency Shelter

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter provides care to dogs and cats that are temporarily homeless because of an eviction, incarceration, fire, medical or similar emergency.

The Shelter will provide short-term emergency shelter for five days. If the pet owner is unable to take back the pet, the dog or cat will be assessed for adoptability.

Pet owners are responsible for boarding fees and veterinary expenses. An impound fee will be applied after five days. Some or all fees may be waived for humanitarian reasons under appropriate circumstances.

Surrendered Pets

Sometimes responsible pet owners must find a new home for their dog or cat. It is always preferable for the pet owner to search for a new home on their own; however, if this is not possible Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter will accept surrendered dogs and cats.

If you surrender your pet to the Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter, you give up all rights and are not entitled to any further information about the animal.

There will be a fee to surrender your pet to the Shelter. Please contact Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter for more information at 705-694-PETS (7387).

Please fill out the attached Agreement to Surrender in as much detail as possible to help us find your pet a new home. Please attach any medical records you may have for your pet. Bring the completed Agreement to the Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter with your pet.


Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter accepts donations of suitable products and volunteer time to provide extra care and comfort to dogs and cats in our care. Please call 705-694-PETS (7387) Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more information.