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Animal Control Bylaw and Dangerous Animals Bylaw

  • The Animal Control Bylaw and the Dangerous Animals Bylaw are reviewed regularly in an effort to promote public safety, improve upon existing enforcement mechanisms and to clarify and update certain aspects for the general public and the courts in areas where there may be ambiguity.

Animal Control

The Saskatoon Animal Control Agency (SACA) is responsible for the enforcement of the Animal Control Bylaw and the Dangerous Animal Bylaw and is contracted by the City of Saskatoon to provide animal control services including:

SACA Hotline: 306-385-7387 (available 24/7)

Pound Services

The City of Saskatoon has an agreement with the Saskatoon SPCA to provide pound keeping services for animals found at large in Saskatoon and for animals picked up under the City's Dangerous Animal Bylaw. Once an animal arrives at the pound, the SPCA cares for the animal for 96 hours. After the 96 hour holding period, the animal is turned over to the Saskatoon SPCA and the animal would be available for adoption.

Animal Protection Act, 2018

Animal cruelty investigations are under The Animal Protection Act, 2018 which is provincial legislation. As of July 1, 2022, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) oversees animal welfare enforcement in Saskatoon. To report animal welfare concerns, including neglect and abuse, please contact 306-382-0002 or call toll free at 1-844-382-0002.  Online reporting is also available through the APSS website.

Pet Owner Minimum Requirements
  • Licensing of all dogs and cats aged 4 months and up 
  • Dogs and cats may not run at large; and 
  • Owners must clean up after their pets.
Renewal Enforcement
  • Dog and cat licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed.
  • At least one month prior to the expiry of a pet license, a renewal notice is sent out.
  • Owners who fail to renew pet licenses are subject to a minimum fine of $250.

For complete listing of pet ownership requirements within Saskatoon, please refer to the Animal Control Bylaw No. 7860