Responsible Pet Owners

Among companion animals, cats and dogs are unmatched in their devotion, loyalty and friendship to humankind. Anyone who has ever loved a cat or dog can attest to its hundred-fold return. The excitement your cat or dog shows when you come home, the cat running to greet you as she rubs her body against your legs or the dog's wagging tail at the sound of the leash being taken from its hook, the delight in chasing a ray of light or the tossing of a tennis ball, and the head nestled in your lap-those are only some of the rewards of being a cat or dog owner.

Owning a pet is not just a privilege-it's a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a cat or dog into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that pet ownership entails. If you already have a pet, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to keep your cat and/or dog on your property. When you're off your property, your pet must be under your control at all times.

The City of Red Deer Dog and Cat Bylaws outline that you must:

License your dog yearly when living within City limits.
Ensure your pet isn't running at large
Scoop the poop. For the health and safety of citizens and your dog, please carry a bag with
   you and clean up any waste created by your dog.
In off-leash parks, be in control of your pet at all times.
Control your dog's barking. Excessive barking so that it disturbs someone is considered an

Did you know?

According to the City of Red Deer Dog Bylaw, dogs are not permitted:

within playground areas
on school property
near picnic tables

Failure to ensure your pets are under your control at all times can result in fines.

Red Deer Spay and Neuter Program

If your dog has a current City license, you can apply for the free Spay/Neuter program. If your application is approved, you will be contacted with more details. Find out more by visiting





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