Animal Control

The Red Deer and District SPCA is an adoption Centre dedicated to the re-homing of unwanted, abandoned and stray companion animals. The maximum adoption facility operates primarily within the Central Alberta region. Click here to learn more

Important Information for Pet Owners

The Town of Innisfail's Peace Officers enforce the Town's animal control bylaws. For more information, please call 403-227-3376. After-hours calls will be redirected to an after-hours answering service.

Animal Control Bylaw (#1537)

Licensing your dog

Dogs

A licence can be purchased from the Town Office, under the following guidelines:

  • December and January - $20.00 for a spayed/neutered dog; $40.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered dog
  • February through November - $30.00 for a spayed/neutered dog; $50.00 for a non-spayed, non-neutered dog

 

Dog Licence Application Form (PDF)


Licensing your cat

Cats

Cats residing within the Town of Innisfail are required to be licensed, under the following guidelines:

  • December and January - $20.00 for a spayed/neutered cat; $40.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered cat
  • February through November - $30.00 for a spayed/neutered cat, $50.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered cat

Failure to comply with any of these bylaws could result in the seizure of the cat, and/or the issuance of a fine.

Cat trapping will cease during the winter months, beginning October 1, due to unpredictable weather conditions. Cat trapping will resume in the May or June, depending on the weather.

Cat Licence Application Form (PDF)

Off Leash Dog Park

dog park

There is one off leash park town, located North of the Centennial Park, located at the intersection of 50 Street and 60 Avenue.

When you arrive to the park, follow the signs on the pathway and walk North up the hill, and it is on the East (right) side of the path. The off leash park is completely fenced off and there are signs posted at the entrance.

 

 

Residents are required to clean up after their dogs whether they are in the off-leash area or not, as this helps eliminate the spread of common canine disease. Failure to comply with any of these bylaws could result in the seizure of the dog, and/or the issuance of a fine.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to found dogs/cats?

Dogs or cats that are found are brought to the Town of Innisfail Municipal Enforcement Animal Control Bays, where they kept and cared for up to 72 hours unless claimed by an owner.  After that time they are transferred to the Red Deer SPCA until an owner comes forward or the animal is re-adopted.

If I lose my animal, how can i find it?

Any found animals in Municipal Enforcement custody will be posted on the Town of Innisfail Facebook page, so you can start your search there.  You can also report the missing animal by calling the Town of Innisfail at 403-227-3376, or submitting a report on the Town of Innisfail website

When are licences due and when is it valid until?

Licences are due January 1 of each year.  If you buy your licence after the beginning of the year you will still have to renew it on January 1. However, then your licence will be valid until the following January.  

How many licences do I need

One for each animal. All dogs and Cats must be licensed within the Town of Innisfail.

How many animals am I allowed to have in town?

You are permitted to license three dogs and three cats per residence within the Town of Innisfail.

What should I do if I or my animal is bitten by another animal?

Contact the Town of Innisfail right away.  The sooner we receive a report after a serious incident has occurred, the better chance we have to preserve evidence and conduct or investigation in a more timely and effective manner. Taking notes, immediately photographing any injuries, and collecting any documentation you receive from Veterinarians or Doctors is also recommended.

If I want to file a complaint will the person whose animal I am complaining about know it was me?

No. As per regulations the Alberta regulations of F.O.I.P, all information we receive from complainants is strictly mandated to be kept confidential.  

Where can I take my dog to walk it off leash?

There is one off leash park town, located North of the Centennial Park, located at the intersection of 50 Street and 60 Avenue. When you arrive to the park, follow the signs on the pathway and walk North up the hill, and it is on the East (right) side of the path. The off leash park is completely fenced off and there are signs posted at the entrance. 

This is the only green space in town approved as an off leash park.  All other parks and green spaces require your dog to remain on a leash at all times. Violation of this rule could result in you being issued a fine.

What is considered excessive barking?

This is when a dog barks in excess of 15 minutes or more, with no immediately apparent cause. If you believe you have a dog barking in the area excessively, contact Municipal Enforcement during regular office hours, file a complaint and an officer will contact you.