Pets

Owning a pet has many proven health benefits including physical, mental and emotional improvements for the owner; however, pet ownership also comes with much responsibility.

The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw regulates many aspects of dog ownership and certain responsibilities of dog owners; it also helps Municipal Enforcement work with pet owners to ensure that dogs, cats, their owners, and the neighbors live together harmoniously and safely.

Cats

Although cats are not required to be licensed in Okotoks, under the bylaw, cat owners must ensure their pets do not defecate on public or privately owned property nor tear open garbage bags. As a responsible cat owner, it is advisable to prevent your cat from trespassing on other people's property or roaming around the neighborhood. This is not only to be a good neighbor, but also for the safety of your cat. Okotoks is located in a wildlife corridor and some wildlife, such as coyotes or foxes, will prey on a stray cat.

Aggressive Dogs

If you witness or encounter an aggressive dog and believe a human or other animal may be harmed by the dog, this is considered an emergent situation and should be immediately reported to either the Okotoks Municipal Enforcement Complaint Line (403-938-8913) or the RCMP (403-938-4202).

Dogs Running at Large

A dog running at large does not constitute an emergency but can still be reported to the Municipal Enforcement Complaint Line and, if an officer is readily available, a patrol will be made to try to locate the dog.

Lost or Found Dogs

Any lost or found dogs can be reported to the Municipal Enforcement Complaint Line and an officer will be dispatched to assist in reuniting the animal with it's owner. If you have found a dog and it is wearing an Okotoks dog tag, you can search the tag number in the Town of Okotoks website "Pet Owner Search" and the dog's name and color as well as a phone number for the owner may be available (if the owner has provided this information to the Town).

The Town does not have a bylaw or program to assist with lost or found cats.

Picking Up After Your Dog

Dog defecation causes an unsightly mess when left in open spaces, parks and along pathways and can also pose a health concern. Municipal Enforcement receives many complaints from concerned citizens regarding dog owners that simply walk away after their dog has defecated rather than stopping to clean up after their dogs.

Please be a responsible dog owner and help keep your community clean by picking up after your dog! The Town provides dog bag dispensers and garbage receptacles along the pathways and in the parks for dog owners to use while walking their dogs; but, it is also a dog owner's responsibility to carry extra bags in case these dispensers happen to be empty.

Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, the fine for not cleaning up your dog's defecation on public property is $100 for a first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. Please call the Municipal Enforcement 24 hr complaint line at 403-938-8913 to report neglectful dog owners.

Dog Licensing

Dog Licensing

Any dog over the age of 3 months that takes up residence in Okotoks must be licensed within 7 days of moving to the Town. For questions regarding dog licensing please call the Municipal Centre at 403-938-4404 or email .

It is also important to keep your dog owner information up to date with the Town so we can reunite you and your dog should he/she escape from you property. If you will be moving out of Okotoks, making a move to a new home in Okotoks, or if your dog passes away, please report this information to the Town so we can update our records accordingly.

Applying for a New Dog License

Fill out a Dog License Form, and choose your method of payment below. If you would like to pay by credit card, please fill out the Credit Card Authorization Form. If you have a new dog to add to your existing license please contact the Municipal Centre.

Renewing a Dog License

Dog license invoices are mailed out in December (for the upcoming year) and payment for your dog license is due by the end of January of each year. You can renew your dog license using your invoice number or dog tag number by one of the following payment methods listed below.

Yearly Dog License Fees

Unaltered Dog$100.00
Altered Dog (Spayed or Neutered)$  25.00
Replacement of Lost Tags$  10.00
Seeing Eye/Guide Dog Exempt
Animal Fancier & Adoption License (see below)$150.00

 

Ways to Pay Your Dog License

In Person

Application and payment may be made at the Municipal Centre, 5 Elizabeth Street, Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.   Cash, cheque, Visa/MC and Interac debit card service is available. 

By Mail

A completed application form along with payment by cheque or completed Visa/MC Authorization Form can be mailed to the Town of Okotoks, PO Box 20, Station Main, Okotoks AB T1S 1K1.

Credit Card Authorization Form

Online

Renewing a License

Visit our Virtual Town Hall and pay online. You will need your invoice number or dog tag number and a Visa or MasterCard to complete your payment online.

Animal Fancier & Adoption License

In order to have four or more dogs (up to a maximum of 10) at any residence in Okotoks, each dog must be individually licensed and a completed Animal Fancier & Adoption License Application must be submitted to Municipal Enforcement Services for approval. To receive the forms or if you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Municipal Enforcement Admin/Inquiry Line at 403-995-6302.

Off Leash Dog Park

The purpose of the Okotoks off leash park is to provide a fenced-in, leash free area where well-behaved dogs can go to play and get some exercise. Dog owners must still have their pets under their care and control at all times while using the off-leash park.

Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, dogs must be leashed whenever they are off their owner’s property; this means dogs must be kept on their leash up to the time they enter the fenced in area of the off leash park.

Dog Park Rules

  1. By entering the Okotoks Dog Park you are acknowledging and agreeing to abide by the rules set out below.
  2. All dogs shall wear a visible dog license and identification tag.
  3. Dogs are the only “animal” permitted in the Okotoks Dog Park.
  4. Dogs must be on a leash when entering and exiting the Okotoks Dog Park.
  5. Handlers must "scoop the poop" (Bylaw #18-08) and fill any holes dug by dogs under their control. (doggy bags and receptacles on-site)
  6. Dogs must be under the control and in view of their handler at all times.
  7. Spiked collars are prohibited.
  8. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. Handlers must have possession of the dog leash at all times.
  10. Handlers must remove or muzzle dogs displaying aggressive tendencies.
  11. Handlers are limited to a maximum of three dogs. Registered Dog Handlers are limited to a maximum of six dogs, & must be identifiable while in the Okotoks Dog Park.
  12. Female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  13. No glass containers permitted.
  14. Handlers are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog(s) under their control.
  15. Anyone entering the Okotoks Dog Park does so at their own risk. The Town of Okotoks is not responsible for the safety of persons and/or dogs while in the Park, and shall not be liable to anyone for any injuries or damage suffered by any person or dog while in the Okotoks Dog Park.
  16. Other than dog treats, do not bring food into the park
  17. Do not play fetch while other dogs are nearby as this can create aggression
Sun: Closed
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: Closed
Closed On Statutory Holidays
  • Municipal Enforcement Services - 24 Hr Complaint Line: 403-938-8913
    Municipal Enforcement Services - Inquiry Line: 403-995-6302

Contact

  • Municipal Enforcement Services - 24 Hr Complaint Line: 403-938-8913
    Municipal Enforcement Services - Inquiry Line: 403-995-6302
Closed On Statutory Holidays