Animal Control St. Catharines

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St. Catharines

Animal Control St.Catharines

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Niagara Region Animal Services (NRAS) provides full animal control and humane services for the City of St. Catharines and has provided such service since 2016. NRAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Humane Society of Greater Niagara (HSGN) and contracts the use of buildings, equipment and staff owned by the HSGN. NRAS, a for-profit corporation, has one client: the City of St. Catharines. The HSGN provided animal control and humane services for the City since the 1960’s.

NRAS provides enforcement of several City of St. Catharines by-laws.

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Injured/sick animals
NRAS is responsible for picking up injured or sick, wild or domestic, unowned animals within St. Catharines. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are aware of an injured or sick animal, please call the shelter at 905-682-0767, extension one.

Additional Services Provided

NRAS provides the following services for the City of St. Catharines:

  • Animal bite investigations & prevention education
  • Animal sheltering
  • Humane education
  • Keeping more animals than permitted
  • Keeping prohibited animal species
  • Off leash dogs
  • Stray animal pickup and impoundment
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Removal of deceased animals

NOTE: We request that callers provide as much detail as possible when calling the shelter with complaints, including animal owner information and license plate numbers, where applicable.

For concerns about coyotes, please contact Coyote Watch Canada.

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Dog Licensing

Dog licensing services are not provided by NRAS. Licensing is handled by Docupet which is managed directly by the city.

NRAS provides enforcement regarding dog licensing. Under St. Catharines By-law 95-302, all dogs are required to be licensed (to a maximum allowable ownership limit of 3 dogs per residence).

Penalties for failing to licence a dog are $110, per dog.