Animal Control

The Town of Innisfail's Peace Officers enforces 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. 


Found and Lost Pets

If you have lost your pet or found a pet who is lost, check the Town's Facebook page for posts about animals that have been picked up by the Community Peace Officer. Animals found by the Town are held for 72-hours excluding Sundays and are then taken to the Central Alberta Humane Society and managed under their policies. 


The Town will post to social media about animals in Town custody, however, we encourage residents to reach out to the community and create their lost or found pet posts on local Facebook pages, such as Innisfail Alberta Lost and Found Pets.


Pet Licensing

The Town of Innisfail Bylaw #1537 states that the owner of every dog & cat in the Town must be registered annually. A tag will be issued and must be affixed to a collar worn by the animal at all times when the animal is not on the owner’s premises. Failure to comply with any of these bylaws could result in the seizure of the cat, and/or the issuance of a fine.



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

December & January - $20.00 for a spayed/neutered dog; $40.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered dog
February – November - $30.00 for a spayed/neutered dog; $50.00 for a non-spayed, non-neutered dog

Download Dog License Application Form



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

December & January - $20.00 for a spayed/neutered cat; $40.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered cat
February – November - $30.00 for a spayed/neutered cat, $50.00 for a non-spayed/non-neutered cat

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.

Download Cat License Application Form



Formerly known as the Red Deer & District SPCA, the Central Alberta Humane Society 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

Off-Leash Dog Park

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

dog park

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


Dog Park Etiquette: How to Keep Play Fun and Safe


While many owners at dog parks socialize as much as their dogs, it's important that playing dogs are monitored closely at all times for their own safety. If you are in the park and see new visitors arrive, discourage your dog from "rushing" the new dog at the gate. Call your dog to you and give him a pet before sending him off to greet the newcomers. Understand your dog's body language and watch for signs of stress which indicate that he has had enough. Yawning, licking, turning away/turning of the head, laying down, freezing in place, and walking slowly may be some indicators that he wants a break.

If your dog is bullying, or is being bullied, leave the park. Bullying may occur when one dog (or a group of dogs) is persistently pursuing another dog. Chasing left uninterrupted can also turn into predatory behaviour - so interrupt it frequently to give the dogs a "time-out" (perhaps after a few "race laps"). If you're unsure if the other dog is enjoying your dog's attentions, lead your dog away by the collar five steps and then watch. If the dog follows, then the play is appropriate and reciprocal. If you're unsure of your dog's enjoyment, ask the other dog's owner to lead his dog away. Always respect the other owner's feelings.

If you bring children with you, please supervise them at all times. Young children are not recommended. Children should not race around, wave toys and sticks, yell, scream or approach dogs that they don't know.

Used appropriately, dog parks are a great way for dogs and owners to have fun and make new friends. By following the rules of the park, being considerate of other owners and dogs, and closely supervising your own dog, you will contribute to the safe and inviting atmosphere many parks enjoy. Happy playing!


Frequently Asked Questions