If you see one of our pets in our pet list that interests you please either phone the contact or complete our online application We will get back to you to have a conversation, and if it seems that there will be a match, arrangements will be made for you to meet the cat or kitten.

You can visit our cats that passed the PetSmart 101 admissions course at the
PetSmart North Oshawa Store
891 Taunton Rd E, Oshawa

Please help us continue to reduce the needless homelessness, overpopulation and suffering of strays and ferals by making a donation.You can turn that donation into a gift for that person who has everything too.

Give a donation in honour of that special person and Action Volunteers for Animals will mail a card indicating your gift to the honouree - please indicate what type of card is needed in the "Message/Instruction to AVA box" provided by CanadaHelps.org

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Welcome to Action Volunteers for Animals! Action Volunteers for Animals is just what its name suggests: an organization of people who are active on behalf of non-human animals, and who give their time and energy without monetary reward.

AVA began in 1972 as a group of Toronto Humane Society workers who kept the Toronto Humane Society shelter animals alive during a strike of regular shelter staff. They decided to continue to work together after the strike ended, and to call themselves Action Volunteers For Animals (AVA).

AVA became a registered charity in 1980. Our spay/neuter program was responsible for sterilizing and returning to good health, an average of 5.1 homeless and/or injured animals per day in 2008. We also help individuals on government subsidized income who are unable to cover their beloved petsí veterinary expenses. Over 95% of all money raised goes directly into our vet fund! This money is raised through our many fundraising efforts. Our funding comes from donations, membership fees, garage sales, and our annual Bazaar which is held each November. AVA receives no government funding, preferring to maintain its independence.

Our organization serves Toronto and the surrounding area and helps animals in two ways: through hands-on work and through the promotion of animal rights Please note that AVA does not have a shelter but operates on a foster home basis therefore AVA will provide assistance to those who are willing to take an active part in the rescue of an animal, in other words, are willing to foster. For more information about our group please visit our website.


There is an adoption process and there is an adoption fee that is designed to offset some and not all of the veterinarian costs to the charity, protect the pet and, in so being, is simply a token of good faith. AVA, to the best of its ability, tries to adopt these pets, who have been members of our foster families, to responsible pet owners - people who intend to have their pets alteredand will also want to treat the pets as members of their families.

All adult animals are microchipped, vaccinated, neutered/spayed, dewormed and defleaed. Kittens will have had their first set of needles and have been microchipped, dewormed and defleaed. Neutering/spaying through AVA will be arranged at appropriate time and is included in the adoption fee.


1 Feline Microchipped, dewormed, defleaed, current on vaccines, neutered/spayed $175 or $300 for a pair. Our pets come with a gift of 6 week complimentary pet insurance.

Other Animal Fees: Negotiable


Visit our website, email us at ava2009@actionvolunteersforanimals.com or leave a message on our phone line 416-439-8770. We try our hardest to return all emails and phone calls within 48 hours.

Action Volunteers for Animals - Durham Region

Oshawa, Ontario

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