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Answering Your Questions About Animal Services
Who do I report cruelty to animals to?
Report incidents of cruelty or neglect to the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at 1-888-668-7722. If you believe an animal's life is in immediate danger, please contact Animal Services at 905-458-5800.
How long do you keep stray animals?
Provincial statutes require us to keep stray animals for 72 hours (three days). However, we hold all stray animals that people turn in to Brampton Animal Shelter for seven days, unless the animal is suffering from injuries or is extremely ill. We will check the animal to find out it it has a microchip or tattoo that may provide information about the animal's owner. We will review reports of animals that people have recently lost to see if the animal matches the description of anyone's lost pet. We will give the animal a medical examination and assess its temperament. After 72 hours, we will consider the animal's age, medical condition and the temperament before deciding whether it is suitable for adoption.
Where may I let my dog off its leash in Brampton?
Brampton has three leash-free zones: White Spruce Park, Chris Gibson Park, and Bramalea Community Park. The leash-free zones are open from dawn until dusk. Dog owners must have vaccinated, licenced, and neutered or spayed their dogs before they can use the leash-free zones. The City does not allow dogs that are aggressive to humans or other animals or dogs that have a history of biting in the leash-free zones. To protect children under ten years old, the City does not permit young children in leash-free zones. Please follow all rules and remember to "stoop and scoop".
How long do you keep the animals for adoption?
We do not have a specific adoption period. If an animal remains healthy, happy and friendly, it remains in our adoption wings. We do not euthanize to make room for other animals.
What is the difference between Animal Services and the Humane Society?
The City of Brampton funds the Animal Shelter, which is responsible for enforcing animal control bylaws and housing stray animals. We also accept pets that owners no longer want and arrange for someone to adopt the animals. We help the public live harmoniously with urban wildlife. Humane Societies are responsible for preventing cruelty to animals and helping animals that are homeless, hungry or hurt. Donations from the public fund Humane Societies. The Peel Humane Society does not have a shelter in Brampton.
What do I do if an animal bites me?
Report all animal bites to Animal Services so Peel Public Health Services can "quarantine" (isolate) the animal. If a stray animal bites you, please call Animal Services so we can capture the animal and prevent it from injuring other people.
How do I become a foster parent or a volunteer?
The shelter always needs volunteers to socialize with the animals and walk the dogs. We often need foster parents to help raise orphaned kittens and mother cats with kittens. If you are interested, please call 905-458-5800.
How do I deter a cat from my property?
You can protect your gardens from cats in several ways. First, make sure nothing is attracting the cat, such as garbage, rodents, feeding birds and other pets - even if they are indoors. Second, use materials that repel cats, including putting pine needles in the garden, planting citronella in the garden, and placing crushed eggshells, blood meal or another commercial product in flower beds. (You can buy blood meal or other commercial products at gardening stores.) If you would like to find out about removing the animal, please call Animal Services at 905-458-5800.
Does the shelter offer veterinary services?
No. The shelter does not have a veterinarian on staff. Look in the Yellow Pages to find the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the many veterinarians in Brampton.
Do you board animals?
No. Since we do not know the history of most of the animals in the shelter, your pets could risk contracting a serious illness from the other animals.
Hot Weather Hazards
After a long Canadian winter, we are all anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. However, being overeager in hot weather can spell danger for our furry friends. Even the healthiest of pets can suffer from dehydration, sunburn & heatstroke; these conditions can be fatal if not treated promptly.
The following tips will help keep your pets safe by avoiding dangerous situations and understanding the warning signs. If you suspect your pet may be suffering from heat stroke, seek medical attention from your veterinarian immediately.
Know the warning signs
Symptoms of overheating include:
excessive panting; difficulty breathing; increased heart & respiration rate; drooling; weakness; collapse.
In extreme cases they can have seizures,
bloody diarrhea, vomiting and a body temperature in excess of 104 degrees F
Because pets have a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening. Animals with flat faces (such as pugs/bulldogs/Persian cats) are most susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with those that are elderly, overweight or suffering from chronic disease, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
Made in the shade
Pets can dehydrate quickly, especially in hot weather. Provide plenty of fresh, clean water and ensure they have access to a shaded area to get out of the sun. Be careful not to over-exercise them and keep them indoors when it is extremely hot.
NEVER leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows open and in the shade, temperatures inside a parked car can rapidly reach very dangerous levels. Even on a relatively mild summer day the vehicle can become a furnace in no time, leading to heat stroke or even death.
Countless pets die every year as a result of being left in parked cars during warm weather. While they may love the car ride, if you are making any stops along the way where your pet is not welcome LEAVE THEM AT HOME!
When the temperature is very high, don’t allow your pet to linger on hot cement or asphalt. Being so close to the ground, their body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks to a minimum during extreme heat alerts.
By avoiding dangerous situations and knowing the warning signs, you will be able to keep your pets safe, healthy & happy. Enjoy the summer!
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