Animal Services

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Your pets are members of our community and we want them to be safe and enjoy living in the City of Peterborough. Our animal by-law keeps our community and companion animals safe by making sure pet owners understand their responsibilities.

We also have an off-leash dog park that you can enjoy all year long with your dog.

Animal control

The Peterborough Humane Society provides our community with Animal Control Officers, an animal shelter and an adoption centre.

Frequently asked questions about pets in Peterborough

How many pets can I have?

You can have up to three dogs and three cats when you live in the City of Peterborough.

What pets need to be licensed?

All dogs and cats must be licensed each year in the City of Peterborough.

Where can I buy a licence for my pet?

You can buy a dog licence or cat licence by contacting the Peterborough Humane Society.

Where can I call if I have lost my pet or found a lost pet?

You can contact the Peterborough Humane Society at 705-742-4722 or visit their Lost Pets Page for more information.

Posting notices on social media about your lost pet also helps. Ask your neighbours and others to help you look for a lost pet.

Where can I adopt a pet?

You can see animals that are now available for adoption at the Peterborough Humane Society, by visiting their adoption page or visit the animals in person at 385 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough.

Who do I call to complain about a barking dog/stray animal/poop and scoop?

You can make a complaint by calling the Peterborough Humane Society's Animal Control Department at 705-745-4722 ext. 202 or 204 or by email animalcontrol@ptbohs.com. Complaints are confidential.

Who do I call to report a dog bite attack on me or my pet?

You can report a biting dog or attack by contacting the Peterborough Humane Society's Animal Control Department at 705-745-4722 ext. 202 or 204. If you require medical attention, please go immediately to Peterborough Regional Health Centre and report a dog bite.

Who do I call to report animal cruelty?

For cases of cruelty (such as abuse, neglect, abandonment and animal care issues) contact the Ontario Solicitor General's Animal Protection Unit at 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).

Where are off-leash dog parks located in Peterborough?

For information and location of the City's off-leash dog parks, please visit our Off Leash Dog Park page.

Who do I call if I have found a sick, injured or orphaned wild animal?

Sick and injured animals can be reported to the Peterborough Humane Society's Animal Services Department at 705-745-4722 ext. 202 or 204.

If you have found an orphaned wild animal, please contact Ontario Wildlife Rescue.

Who do I call if I see a dead animal on the road?

Please contact Public Works at 705-745-1386 (answered 24/7) or by email.