Formed by members of the community in 1974, Animal Aid is a non-profit
organization dedicated to helping stray and abandoned animals in Burlington.
Over the years, Animal Aid's membership has grown and now includes 400 active
We believe that each and every animal coming into our
care deserves a better life, and has the right to a safe and loving home.
Animal Aid is proud of its “no-kill” policy. An animal is euthanized only
in cases of extreme illness or severe behavioural problems, and then only on
the advice of a veterinarian. Animal Aid’s existence makes
Burlington a more humane place for the animals.
All stray and abandoned animals brought to Animal Aid are first taken to a
veterinarian where they are examined and protected from harm while waiting to
be claimed by their owner. If not claimed, they are vaccinated, spayed or
neutered (if old enough), microchipped and given any other necessary health
care. Cats are then taken to our Adoption Centre and dogs are sent to foster
homes or boarded. Whether it takes days, weeks or months, each animal is cared
for lovingly until that new home is found. Animal Aid cares for almost 1,000
cats and dogs each year.
Our Community Work
For over 20 years Animal Aid has served our community with weekly visits to
Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and retirement and nursing homes in our
community. Our volunteers take pets to visit those who are no longer able to
have their own animals, so that they may still enjoy the warmth and affection
only a four-footed friend can provide.
Our Outreach Programme
Teaching responsible pet ownership and animal behaviour is the goal of our
education program. Volunteers and pets visit schools and community groups with
presentations on safety, respect, care and compassion toward animals.