Responsible Pet Ownership

Service at a Glance

Responsible Pet Ownership Month

To raise awareness about what pet owners need to do to keep their pet happy, healthy and safe, the City of Hamilton is holding a colouring contest to show our support.

What is the Responsible Animal Ownership By-law?

The Responsible Animal Ownership By-law is for the health and safety of residents, property protections, and prevention of public issues. 

It has rules about:

  • Dog licensing
  • Animals “at large”
  • Cleaning up after your animal
  • Designating potentially dangerous and dangerous dogs
  • Prohibiting exotic animals
  • Rural and urban regulations
  • Owned cats that roam or are ”at large”
  • Pet limits: 4 domestic animals per dwelling in urban areas
  • Urban chickens are not allowed
  • Where and how an animal may be housed to make sure it’s healthy and safe
How do I file a complaint about my neighbour not cleaning up pet waste in their yard?

It is your responsibility as a dog owner to pick up and get rid of your dog’s poop from any property. Carry a bag with you to scoop the poop whenever you are with your dog.

You also need to keep your own yard free and clear of dog poop.

Why should I spay or neuter my pet?

Pets that are not spayed or neutered increase the number of unwanted and stray animals in Hamilton.

Spay or neuter your pet to:

  • Stop their “heat” cycle
  • Reduce your cat’s “marking” behaviour
  • Reduce the cost of licensing your pet
Animal Shelter Statistics

Animals received by the shelter infographic

Hamilton Animal Services is often asked for statistics on the outcome of animals in the shelter. This information is available and updated in quarterly reporting periods.