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Responsible pet owners not only look after their pet’s health and wellness, they also make sure their pet is a positive addition to the community.

There are a few obligations you have as a pet owner to be considerate of your neighbours and protect your pet.

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License Your Pet

All dogs and cats 6 months or older must have a valid pet licence and tags so that we can contact you if your pet gets lost. This even applies to indoor pets as they can easily slip out open windows or doors.

The maximum number of pets allowed per residence is 6 cats and 3 dogs. You must be 18 or older to license a pet. Microchipping and tattooing are also good ways to make sure we can reach you, but they are not a substitute for a licence. 

Licences are affordable and available online, by mail, by fax or in person.

Making sure that your pet is licensed increases the likelihood that should they ever get lost we will be able to reunite you.

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Microchip/Tattoo Your Pet

A microchip is a form of pet identification, no larger than a grain of rice that can be implanted into your pet that when scanned at a vet clinic will show owner information. Every cat licence purchased includes a microchip. You can also request this form of identification from your veterinarian. It is very important that you keep this information up-to-date.

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

While spaying or neutering is not legislated in Edmonton, it is highly recommended. “Fixing” your pet prevents unwanted litters, improves overall health and reduces aggression in dogs. Even indoor cats should be spayed or neutered as they can easily slip outdoors. Spayed and neutered pets are also significantly cheaper to license.

Safety First

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Dogs are Safest at the End of Your Leash

Dogs are not allowed to be loose unless they are on your property or in a designated off-leash area. Dogs must always be on a leash when on public property and should be contained in a secure yard or building when on your property. Dogs are not allowed on school grounds, sports fields, playgrounds and golf courses. The fine for violating this bylaw is $100.

Cats are Safest Indoors

Cats can live healthy, happy lives indoors. Allowing your cat to freely roam is dangerous for them and can lead to conflict with your neighbours. A cat roaming on private property can also be trapped and taken to the Animal Care & Control Centre. If you choose to let your cat outside please do so under your supervision. Catios or leashes are a great way to let your cat do some exploring. If you choose to let your cat roam, attach something to its collar to indicate that it is an outdoor cat. 

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They Poop. You Scoop.

Carry a bag with you to pick up your pet’s waste whenever you are away from home. You don’t need to clean up waste immediately on your own property, but you do need to clean it up regularly. Allowing excessive waste to build up negatively affects your neighbours and your pets.

Cleaning up after your pet isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the law. The fine for failing to do so is $100. 

Prevent Excessive Barking

Barking is natural for dogs when they are bored, lonely or want to alert their owners of something. However, excessive barking can disturb and upset your neighbours.

Make sure your dog is a good neighbour by addressing excessive barking through dog training, socializing, exercising, and family interaction.

Protect Them From Wildlife

Living in a river city with ample parkland means coexisting with wildlife. In Edmonton, coyotes are one of the main wildlife dangers for pets. Supervise your pet closely at parks and be aware of your surroundings to keep them safe.

For more information on other wildlife in the area, visit Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

Guide and Service Dogs

Owners of guide and service dogs are required to control excessive barking, use a leash, clean up waste, and get a pet license. 

However, the City waives licence fees for dogs that have been trained by a recognized agency to assist people with special needs.

Guide and service dogs are allowed everywhere including school grounds, City facilities, and on transit.

Guide and service dog use is regulated by Alberta’s Service Dogs Act and Blind Person’s Rights Act.