Animal
Control

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted by a number of cities and municipalities to provide animal by-law, animal control and sheltering services.

Our Officers are municipal law enforcement officers empowered to enforce municipal animal bylaws. They can issue Provincial Offence Notices (tickets), summons to appear in court (charges), or designate an animal as potentially dangerous, restricted or prohibited.

KWSPHS is also contracted to provide licensing services for a variety of locations. For more details on licensing, please see our licensing page. 

 


 

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the City of Kitchener:

  • Animal By-Law Services
  • Animal Control Services
    • Stray dogs/dogs at large
    • Stray cats (confined)
    • Injured domestic animals
    • Injured wildlife
  • After Hours Emergency Service – Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • Dog Licensing
  • Dog bite reports
  • Dead domestic animal reports
  • Dead wildlife reports

Visit the City of Kitchener’s website

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the City of Waterloo:

  • Animal By-Law Services
  • Animal Control Services
    • Stray dogs/dogs at large
    • Stray cats (if injured and confined)
    • Injured domestic animals
    • Injured wildlife
  • After Hours Emergency Service – Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • Dog Licensing
  • Dog bite reports
  • Dead domestic animal reports
  • Dead wildlife reports

Visit the City of Waterloo’s By-Laws

BARKING DOGS

Barking dogs are considered a noise violation, and are handled by municipal by-law enforcement or the police. Call the appropriate number and state that you wish to make a noise complaint.

If you are experiencing a disturbance in the City of Waterloo and are looking to report a noise complaint, please call 519-747-8785

Dog regulations

  • keep your dog on a leash 
  • dogs over 12 weeks old must be licensed (find section above)
  • pick up waste
  • limit of three dogs per household
  • the dangerous dog bylaw (PDF) relates to dangerous dogs and regulation of pitbulls

Cat regulations

Keep your cat or kitten in a manner that limits:

  • offensive odours
  • noise that may disturb others
  • straying or roaming
  • accumulation of feces

Fowl (including chicken)

  • fowl is prohibited unless on land zoned for agricultural purposes, or if fowl was kept on residential property before April 27, 2009 and registered with the city
  • the number of chickens owned at the date of the enactment may be maintained
  • chickens cannot be relocated to a new property if the owner moves

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the Township of Perth East:

  • Animal By-Law Services
  • Animal Control Services
    • Stray dogs/dogs at large
    • Injured dogs
  • After Hours Emergency Service – Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • Dog licensing
  • Dog bite reports
  • Dead domestic animal reports
  • Dead wildlife reports

*Please note: The Stratford Perth Humane Society also accepts stray cats if brought to the shelter.  We kindly ask that you call ahead and arrange for a time to bring them in.

Visit the Township of Perth East’s Bylaws

Visit the Township of Perth East’s Animal Services Page

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the City of Stratford:

  • Animal By-Law Services, including barking complaints
  • Animal Control Services
    • Stray dogs/dogs at large
    • Stray cats (confined)*
    • Injured domestic animals
    • Injured wildlife
  • After Hours Emergency Service – Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • Dog Licensing
  • Cat Licensing
  • Dog bite reports
  • Dead domestic animal reports
  • Dead wildlife reports

*Please note: The Stratford Perth Humane Society also accepts stray cats if brought to the shelter.  We kindly ask that you call ahead and arrange for a time to bring them in.

Visit the City of Stratford’s Bylaws

 

BARKING DOGS

Barking dogs are considered a noise violation, and are handled by animal by-law enforcement.  Please contact us and let us know that you are calling to file a barking complaint.

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the Township of Wilmot:

  • Animal By-Law and Animal Control Services (weekend and vacation coverage only)
  • Injured or sick wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • After Hours Emergency Service - Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Dog Licensing (for adopted or returned lost dogs living in Wilmot)

Please note:

  • The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society also accepts stray cats if brought to the shelter. We kindly ask that you call ahead and arrange for a time to bring them in.
  • The Township of Wilmot handles their own animal control and bylaw services. Should you have a complaint or question, please contact the Township directly.

Visit the Township of Wilmot’s Bylaws

Visit the Township of Wilmot’s Animal Control Page

Kennel Licence Application

Dog Licences Information

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is contracted to provide the following services for the Township of Woolwich:

  • Animal By-Law Services
  • Animal Control Services
    • Stray dogs/dogs at large
    • Injured domestic animals
    • Injured wildlife
  • After Hours Emergency Service – Injured Domestic and Wildlife
  • Animal Sheltering Services
  • Dog Licensing (for adopted or returned lost dogs living in Woolwich)
  • Dog bite reports
  • Dead domestic animal reports
  • Dead wildlife reports

Please note: The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society also accepts stray cats if brought to the shelter.  We kindly ask that you call ahead and arrange for a time to bring them in.

Visit the Township of Woolwich’s Bylaws

Visit the Township of Woolwich’s Animal Services Page