Animal Control

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The Bylaw Services department is responsible for ensuring a safe and healthy environment for citizens by regulating and enforcing the Animal Control Bylaw within the City of Whitehorse.

Animals Off Leash

Attention dog owners! When you are out for a walk, please keep your dogs on a leash and bring a bag to clean up after them.

Cat owners are also reminded that cats are not permitted to leave their properties unless on a leash. If your cat tends to wander, please keep it inside or secured while outside.

How Cold is too Cold?

Dogs are individuals. An outdoor temperature that feels downright balmy to one dog might send another in search of shelter. Coat type and colour, size, weight, conditioning, age, and health are all variables that affect a dog’s cold weather tolerance.

In general, cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 7°C, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 0°C, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being. Once temperatures drop under -7°C, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.

Canine Bluffs Off Leash Park

Located at the end of 6th and Main, Canine Bluffs is an ideal setting for dog owners and dogs in our community. Dog owners are encouraged to gather in this park to spend time with their dogs, connect with other owners and watch their dogs play and interact. Off leash dog parks offer tremendous social and recreation benefits for dogs and their owners. Canine Bluffs is located at the end of Main Street next to Teegatha' Oh Zheh Park.

Canine Bluffs Dog Park

Share-A-Bag Dispenser Program

Parks have a new dog bag dispenser program in certain neighbourhoods where residents are asked to bring gently used bags from home to place in these dispensers. Dog owners can then reuse these bags to pick up after their pets and dispose in provided containers. Special thanks to the Porter Creek Citizens Association for piloting this program!

Licencing Your Animal

Dogs and cats are required to be licenced within the City of Whitehorse. Having a licenced animal will assist in getting your furry friend home safely if it gets lost.

You can obtain a licence by:

  • Emailing financecashier@whitehorse.ca with copies of your pet's spay/neuter certificate and microchip papers. Please indicate if you want to pick up the licence at City Hall or have it mailed to you, how you prefer to pay (do not include payment information in email) and a contact number.
  • Going to City Hall in person with the above information.
  • Placing the above information into the Blue Drop Box in front of City Hall.
  • Calling 667-6401 to make arrangements to obtain the licence from City Hall.

City of Whitehorse (City Hall), 2121 Second Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays).

Licence Cost

Lifetime tag $27.50 (animal is spayed or neutered)

Yearly tag $50 (animal has not been spayed or neutered)

Animals with yearly tags must be renewed at the beginning of each calendar year.

If your animal is microchipped and spayed or neutered your Lifetime tag is free.

Please remember to bring proof of spay/neuter/ vaccinations and microchip if you have it when purchasing the licence.

Exotic Animals

“EXOTIC ANIMAL” means an animal of a species or type that is not indigenous to the Yukon and that in its natural habitat is usually found wild in nature.

The Animal Control Bylaw states the following about Exotic Animals:

134. Every owner of an exotic animal shall register their animal with the City by providing the following information for each exotic animal that is under their care:

  1. Name, street address, postal code and telephone number of the owner;
  2. Name and description of the exotic animal; and
  3. Such other information as may be required by the City.

135. The Manager of Bylaw Services shall, within 30 days of registration, deliver in writing to the registered owner of an exotic animal any conditions that the Manager of Bylaw Services deems necessary for the proper care and maintenance of the exotic animal. Failure by any person to comply with the conditions placed on them pursuant to this section is an offence.

Notifying Bylaw Services - Animal Issue or Welfare Concern

Bylaw Services Constables are on duty from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, and from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. To report a complaint or for after-hours assistance, please call the trouble line at 667-2111.

Bylaw Services is located at the Public Safety Building, 305 Range Road, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 3E5.

If an offence is observed please contact the trouble line at 667-2111 or email bylaw.services@whitehorse.ca.

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