The Society for Animals in Distress (SAD) was founded in 1971 in Toronto by Mr. Alan McGinn. He started the Society in response to the Animals for Research Act, which allowed stray animals in pounds and humane societies to be seized for medical research if not claimed within three days. SAD has successfully operated shelters in Toronto, Cambridge, Cobourg and Apsley before moving to Elliot Lake in 1995. Mr. McGinn passed away in February 2000, but we continue his work. The shelter is open Monday - Friday 8 am - 3 pm Saturday by apointment only.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Shelter hours are daily, Mon to Fri, 8 am to 3 pm where all animals can be seen. Dogs can be taken for walks etc during that time. Website has some links to videos showing the cat rooms and some of the dogs. Some animals are in Foster Homes until they can be adopted.
Our Adoption Process...
Dogs are adopted out at a fee of $245 which includes, flea & worm treatment, all vaccines and Spaying & neutering.
Cats are adopted out at a fee of $185 which includes, flea & worm treatment, all vaccines and Spaying & neutering.
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You'll receive a copy, too, at
to help you keep track of which pets you've inquired about, and which shelters and rescues you've emailed.
NOTE: Some shelters have physical locations you can visit; some of these shelters may only have pets for a limited time, so please do not wait for a reply—just go visit the shelter!
Other organizations are rescue groups run by busy volunteers who may take a while to reply. You can find information about the shelter or rescue group caring for this pet, and their adoption procedures,
on the pet's details page on Adopt-a-Pet.com.