The Cat Adoption and Education Centre is now the Markham Animal Adoption & Education Centre (MAAEC) so that animals, other than cats, can be adopted into loving homes. Still in partnership with the Ontario SPCA, the MAAEC will now be opened on dedicated dates for adoption events. Appointments are not required for these events, please just drop in!

2024 Adoption Events

  • Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, July 21, 2024
  • Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 18, 2024
  • Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, September 22, 2024
  • Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 20, 2024
  • Saturday, November 16 to Sunday, November 17, 2024

View all available animals for adoption through the Ontario SPCA

Markham Animal Adoption & Education Centre (MAAEC)

Located at the Thornhill Community Centre and Library, the MAAEC operates in partnership with the Ontario SPCA. It is the first municipally funded adoption storefront in Ontario and works to reduce euthanasia rates in York Region.

Since opening in 2016, the MAAEC has helped find new homes for more than 1,170 animals, welcomed approximately 60,000 visitors, hosted countless community events and logged over 3,000 volunteer hours.

Keep an eye out for education events and other exciting pet adoption news.

Event Information

Date: Ongoing
Location: Markham Animal Adoption & Education Centre