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Our Featured St. Thomas, ON Partner:

Animal Aid of St. Thomas Elgin


Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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The mission of Animal Aide is to assist the stray and unwanted animals of Elgin County by providing foster care in members' homes, complete medical care for our animals and adoptions to carefully chosen new homes.

About Our Rescue Group:

Founded in 1993 from a partnership of two households, Animal Aide is a non-profit, no-kill organization, funded from adoptions and donations and staffed entirely by volunteers.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Preview our dogs at
then contact Lois at (519) 633-6226 or for more information or to arrange a meeting with a specific dog. We have several dogs who aren't on the website yet, so be sure to call if you don't see the dog you're looking for.

Animal Aide is proud of our foster home program. We appreciate the dedication and love provided to our rescue dogs by these caring people. Foster parents transport their foster dog to vet appointments, screen potential adopters by email and phone, and consult with the adoption team while interviewing final candidates. It is a very important facet of the adoption program. Without wonderful, dedicated foster homes, all the dogs would be in boarding kennels or still in the pound. If you would like more information on the foster home program, email

Want to adopt, foster or volunteer with cats? Email us at

or visit our cat adoption centre, 333 Talbot St., St. Thomas.

The cat adoption centre is located at 333 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, just west of Elgin Street, across from the Grand Central Hotel. There's free parking on both sides of the street.

New hours
The cat adoption centre is open to visitors Monday to Saturday (closed on statutory holidays).
Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & statutory holidays: Closed
Come in and fall in love!

Our Adoption Process:

Adoption Agreements are requested for both cats & dogs.

Adoption fees for cats & kittens:
Kittens - $75: includes Revolution (for ear mites, fleas, parasites and some worms); first set of vaccinations and standard vet check; Cestex for worms if old enough. Taxes included.
Adult cats - $110: includes Revolution; spay/neuter; first set of vaccinations including rabies and standard vet check; Cestex for worms. Taxes included.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.