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.