Animal control

The Animal Protection Act requires pet owners to provide adequate food, shelter and water for their pets at all times. Airdrie Municipal Enforcement (AME) investigates complaints of animal neglect or suffering. During these investigations, officers may require entry to your property. Pets will not be taken unless medical attention is required.



The City of Airdrie's Animal Control Bylaw outlines the responsibilities of dog ownership. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information.

Dog owners must ensure their dogs:

  • have and wear a dog license from when they are three months old
  • only 3 dogs per household
  • do not run at large
  • are on a leash at all times, unless the dogs are in a fenced private yard
  • are under control in designated off-leash dog parks

Dogs must not:

  • bite anyone
  • injure anyone
  • chase, threaten or attack a person or animals
  • bark, howl or disturb anyone
  • cause damage to property or other animals
  • scatter garbage
  • wander into any swimming, bathing or splash pool/park that is provided for public use

Dog owners are responsible for:

  • picking up all feces produced by their dogs both on and off their property
  • not owning more than three dogs per household


The new City of Airdrie's Animal Control Bylaw outlines the responsibilities of cat ownership.  Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information.

Cat owners must ensure their cats:

  • have and wear a cat license from when they are three months old
  • only 3 cats per household
  • do not run at large
Did you know? Licenses for cats will be free until April 1, 2017. Get your cat licensed for free in person at City Hall or online through your MyAirdrie account. 

Trapping of Cats:

  • any person who has a complaint about a cat running at large, may obtain a cat trap from Airdrie Municipal Enforcement for a period of 72 hours
  • complainant will be required to pay a $100.00 deposit to borrow the cat trap
  • no cat traps will be provided by Municipal Enforcement if it is colder than 0°C or hotter than 25°C within 72 hour period
  • cat trapping is only permitted between May 1 and October 31.
  • the Procedure and Guidelines for Trapping of Stray Cats can be found in Schedule "E"


Avoid skunks on your property by:

  • Keeping food and garbage off your decks
  • Securing garbage in animal proof containers
  • Securely covering your composter
  • Avoid adding meat, fat or dairy products to your composter
  • Keeping pet food tightly contained (preferably indoors)

If a skunk has taken up residence in your yard, contact a Pest Control Service.



Contact Parks to report a rat sighting.


Contact us

Bylaw enforcement (Municipal Enforcement)

P. 403.948.8892

F. 403.948.0619


Municipal Enforcement
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday
Officers Hours
Monday to Friday
6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday
6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.