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 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"
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
- Coyotes look like a cross between a fox and a small Collie or German Shepherd and weigh between 9 and 14 kilograms
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.
- Respond to their presence aggressively by making yourself appear large; wave your arms overhead or thrust long objects, such as a walking stick, toward the coyote.
- Throw rocks, sticks or other objects toward the animal.
- Shout in a deep voice and maintain eye contact.
- If the coyote continue to approach, back away slowly and move toward buildings or human activity.
- Do not turn away or run. This may encourage the coyote to chase you.
- Dog repellents and bear spray products can be effective in deterring coyotes.
Help your children to be safe
- Teach your children how to respond to coyote encounters.
- Remind them about the importance of not leaving food or garbage in school yards, parks or in your backyard.
- If you know there are coyotes in the area, supervise your children when they are outside.
Protect Your Pets
- Do not allow your cat to roam.
- Supervise your pets when they are outside.
- 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 Attracting Coyotes to Your Neighbourhood
- Do not feed coyotes. Feeding coyotes inevitably leads to unsafe situations that can result in human injury.
- Pet food will attract coyotes. Bring in feeding 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.
- Take your garbage out only on collection day.
- Keep a clean backyard. Remove seeds and fallen fruits.
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.
- 2016 ACBylaw Consolidated (pdf)
- ACB 2016 Schedule A (pdf)
- ACB 2016 Schedule B (pdf)
- ABC 2016 Schedule C (pdf)
- ACB 2016 Schedule D (pdf)
- ACB 2016 Schedule E (pdf)
- ACB 2016 Schedule F (pdf)
Bylaw enforcement (Municipal Enforcement)