Animal Protection

Stray Cats & Dogs

Stray animals fall under the jurisdiction of each municipality. Many communities have animal control bylaws to deal with dogs running at large, however, municipal legislation for stray cats remains  inconsistent, with most municipalities having no legislation to deal with cats.

If you see a stray animal in your community, please check with your municipality’s bylaw department for next steps in dealing with the animal.

If you see a stray animal that is injured and in distress (outside of Calgary and Edmonton), please call our Animal Distress Line at 1-800-455-9003.  We may ask you to take the animal to a nearby veterinarian where we will work with the vet to relieve its distress.

Report an Animal
in Distress

1-800-455-9003

What happens when you Call?

When you call our Animal Distress Line 1-800-455-9003 we open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed.

What Should you Expect

We open up a file similar to a police investigation. In order to do so, we need timely, first-hand details to proceed. When calling, we will ask for a few simple questions.

When Do We Seize Animals

Alberta SPCA Peace Officers sometimes need to take animals into protective custody. When they do so, the officers will post a notice at the former location of the animals stating the reason for the seizure.

Investigating Neglect & Abuse

Our Peace Officers investigate every complaint we receive. We can only investigate if we have reasonable and probable grounds to believe there may have been an offence under the Animal Protection Act.

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