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.


Alberta Pound and Rescue Centres (APARC)

The City of Airdrie has collaborated with a non-profit organization, Alberta Pound and Rescue Centre (APARC), to help reunite lost pets with their owners and give homeless animals a new forever home.

APARC Airdrie provides the following services:

  • Animal Licensing
  • Animal Adoptions - please visit their Facebook, Adoptive Animals
  • Impound services (Municipal Enforcement and RCMP)
  • Public drop off and pick up - please call for appointment at 403-768-0274, ext.2
  • Cat trap rentals
  • Animal welfare education

Reclaiming your animal from APARC   Reclaiming your Animal 

To make the process easier, please review the Responsible Animal Ownership Bylaw/Animal Control Bylaw for City of Airdrie, specifically focusing on Licensing requirements and Animal Control Operations.

You may reclaim your animal during open hours.

You will need to present photo identification to reclaim your animal, as well as proof the animal is yours. Ownership can be established with a bill from a local veterinarian, licensing information, or bill of sale with description of the animal. Proof of Spay/Neuter may be required.

We will charge a daily care fee in addition to all city imposed impound fees. If your animal required veterinary attention, all charges must be paid.

All dogs and cats that reside in Medicine Hat and Airdrie must be licensed (this includes having a tag on the animal) before being reclaimed, no exceptions. We can license your animal at our facility, as well as provide a replacement tag if it has been lost.

If you have any further questions please call us, or submit an electronic form on the "contact us" page.

APARC Airdrie's hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Sunday
  • 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.

APARC Airdrie's Location:




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:

Municipal Enforcement has partnered with Alberta Pound and Rescue Centres, APARC, to provide our community with services to improve local animal welfare. As of June 1, 2020, APARC is now able to provide/rent cat traps. 

Please make an appointment to rent a cat trap by calling 403.768.0274.

Please be aware of Procedures and Guidelines in Schedule "E" for cat trapping in The City of Airdrie's Animal Control Bylaw .

If you have any questions, concerns or wish to file a complaint about a cat running at large, please contact Municipal Enforcement at 403.948.8892.



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



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

Municipal Enforcement

P. 403.948.8892

F. 403.948.0619


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