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.


Understanding Animal Behaviour


What?     Understanding Animal Behaviour

When?    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time?     6:00p.m.

Where?   Genesis Place Rotary Room

This information session is on dog behaviour and how we can better understand its effects on our relationship with our animals.  In the session, we will learn to interpret and analyze behaviour cues, understand what kinds of training may help your animal become better pets and have an open dialogue with our residents in our community in promoting Responsible Pet Ownership.

Evening Agenda:

  • Two minutes on Animal Law
  • Dog Pieces
  • Look, Listen and Learn - Dog Language
  • What every person should know about dogs
  • What every dog must know
  • How to train your dragon
  • What to do when...? Q & A
  • Dog Owner's encore - Basic Tops & Tricks for everything
Please do not bring your pets to the session! Be sure to leave your pets at home.

* Training Dog Demo * Dog training giveaway items *



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 licence 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 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 licence when outside the home starting from when they are three months old
  • only three cats per household
  • do not run at large

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.



Who Should You Call Regarding Coyotes?

  • If the coyote(s) is ACTIVELY attacking a person or pet, call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergency situations and to report coyote sightings please contact PARKS Department

About Coyotes

  • Coyotes look like a cross between a fox and a small Collie or German Shepherd and weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms

Coyote Encounters

If you encounter a coyote, make the experience unpleasant for the animal by making it feel unwelcome in your neighbourhood.  Even if you are not concerned about problems with coyotes, they should not learn that neighbourhoods are safe places to feed and rest.

If you encounter an aggressive coyote:

  • Respond to their presence aggressively by making yourself appear large; wave your arms overhead or throw objects, such as sticks or rocks toward the coyote
  • Shout in a deep voice and maintain eye contact
  • If the coyote approaches, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity
  • Do not turn away or run as this may encourage the coyote to chase you
  • Dog repellents and bear spray products can be effective in deterring coyotes

Avoid attracting coyotes to your neighbourhood:

  • Do not feed coyotes
  • Bring in pet food dishes or feed pets inside
  • Dispose of garbage and compost materials in containers that have secure lids, or keep them in the garage or a shed
  • Only take your garbage out on collection day
  • Keep a clean backyard. Remove seeds, fallen fruits, dog feces and other attractants.

If you spot a coyote in a residential area:

  • If the coyote(s) is ACTIVELY attacking a person or pet, call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergency situations and to report coyote encounters please contact the Parks Department at or 403.948.8400

Protect your pets:

  • Don’t allow your cat to roam
  • Supervise your pets when they are outside especially when it’s dark
  • Pick up dog feces and be aware that dog urine may also attract coyotes
  • If your dog is in heat, keep it inside or away from areas where they may encounter coyotes
  • Always walk your dog on leash
  • If you spot a coyote, pick up your small dog. Ensure your large dog is leashed and under your control. Back away slowly and leave the area immediately



Contact Parks to report a rat sighting.


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F. 403.948.0619


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6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.