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Cat Adoption and Education Centre

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The Cat Adoption and Education Centre (CAEC) houses 17 cats on a regular basis and provides a convenient, accessible location for adoption and education services.  All cats at the centre are in excellent health, spayed or neutered, have up-to-date vaccinations and are ready for “on-the-spot” adoption.  

This “storefront” adoption and education centre model provides a unique solution towards reducing cat euthanasia rates in the region with the goal of facilitating more than 200 cat adoptions each year. The CAEC also provides education services and awareness programs on animal care and wellness.

The daily operation of the CAEC and care of cats is managed by the Ontario SPCA and trained volunteers under the direction of City of Markham staff.  Since the CAEC is not an animal shelter, the intake of unwanted animals will continue to be offered by the OSPCA’s Newmarket Shelter.

Location & Contact

Thornhill Community Centre and Library
7755 Bayview Avenue
Markham, Ontario L3T 4P1
Phone: 905-762-1300

Hours of Operation

  • Monday to Wednesday: 12 p.m.-  6 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday:  12 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Donations & Sponsorships

If you wish to contribute to this exciting new endeavor, donation boxes are located at several City facilities.  If you are interested in corporate sponsorships of the CAEC, contact Corporate Communications, or 905.415.7548

Reading Therapy Program

Generously Supported By RBC

The Cat Adoption and Education Centre provides a number of educational and therapy programs, including a reading program generously supported by RBC Royal Bank. We offer the program two times per week, Tuesday and Friday between 4pm-5pm.  Reading can be challenging, especially in the beginning, and what better way to get some practice in then reading to a snuggly kitty cat!  The idea is that animals do not judge or criticize, they are just there to listen and be loved.

We encourage participants to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled session and head over to the library to select the puuuurfect reading material. Then head on over to the Cat Adoption and Education Centre, pick your favourite furry friend and read to them.  There are two options; the first for those less comfortable with a kitty roaming all around them, they can pull up a chair to one of our larger cages and read to multiple cats, and the second for those who like to snuggle, they can enter our “Kitty Corner” and get cozy on our couch with a kitty.  

We do ask that children under the age of 5 are accompanied by an adult and those 6 and older have adults that remain close to the Centre (outside in the atrium).

Register online or call 905 477 5530.

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