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Animal Control


Any resident who owns a cat or dog (6 weeks or older) are required to license their animal annually. Once the animal is registered with the Town of Bashaw, the owner is provided a metal licence tag to be placed on the collar of their pet. If at any time during the year, the tag is lost, replacement tags can be purchased at the Town Office. If you are new to Town, or acquire a new pet within the year, you are required to license your pet within two weeks.

Animal Licenses are due January 31 annuallly, regardless of when you acquired it the previous year.

Did you know:
If your pet is picked up for running at large, injured, etc. we have no means of tracking the owner unless the animal is wearing a current tag.  If the owner cannot be determined, the Bylaw Officer will house the animal which will mean additional fees to the owner at the time of re-acquiring the animal.  Failing to obtain a license is subject to a fine under our Bylaws.

To register your animal, please fill out the Animal Licence Application Form and bring completed form to the Town Office. If you have more than one pet, please fill out ONE form for EACH pet.  Please also provide us with a photo of the animal for identification along with a medical certificate confirming alternation if applicable.

Fees for Annual Pet Licenses

Annual Fees are due by January 31st Annually
Unaltered male or female $36.00
Spayed or neutered $18.00
Replacement tags are $5.00

*Animal Tags purchased after January 31 Annually, will incurr increased fees:
Unaltered male or female after January 31 $56.00
Altered male or female after January 31 $28.00

Click here to view the  DOG REGISTRATION FEES
Click here to view the  CAT REGISTRATION FEES

*New Pet owners and/or new residents to Town who register their pets at the Town Office with six (6) weeks of arrival date, shall be charged a pro-rated monthly fee to the end of the year.

Are you a responsible Pet owner?  Click the link  Be a responsible Pet owner

gray tabby kitten cat rubbing up against a golden retriever puppy dog in grass in a garden scene with pink flowers behind them.

Dog & Cat By-Law Enforcement

Dog and Cat By-law enforcement is implemented by 2 patrols/month provided by a Contractor.  Under our Bylaws, your pets are to be restricted to your own property/yard, unless they are attended and on a leash.

***All complaints and pet enforcement issues to be channeled through the Town office and must be in writing.


Should you have any concerns or complaints about any animals that are abused, abandoned, or neglected please contact the Alberta SPCA toll free # 1-800-455-9003.

Town of Bashaw is not able to respond to any complaints that are submitted anonymously.  Complaints must be filed in person or in writing with a formal signature.  All complaints are addressed in a confidential manner and the name of the person reporting the complaint may only be disclosed in the event that the issue requires legal action.

Dogs-and-Cats1click here to view and print Animal Control Complaint/Statement (animal has attacked or caused injury) OR Animal Control Complaint (unattended animal or not on a leash, excessive barking etc.) and once you fill it out with as much description as you can, sign the bottom and then it can be dropped off at Town Office.  Additionally, your form can be emailed to our office at admin@townofbashaw.com.  Please note, as stated on the bottom of the form, should you make a complaint or statement, you may be required to testify in Court should the owner of the animal be charged.

The Scoop on Poop

 Top Ten Reasons to Pick Up After Your Dog

Every responsible dog owner agrees… picking up after your dog is a MUST. No matter where or when it occurs, there is NO excuse for not scooping the poop. So here are 10 reasons why EVERY dog owner MUST be responsible for picking up EVERY TIME.

It’s the law. Just like littering, it’s unlawful NOT to pick up after your dog, and your violation is subject to fine.

  1. It’s common courtesy. Cleaning up after your dogs shows respect for our neighbours and our community. Only irresponsible dog owners leave their dog’s poop for others to look at, step in or clean up.
  2. Dog Poop is unhealthy. Abandoned dog poop can host diseases and/or parasites which can infect other dogs that come into contact with it, or be transmitted to people who accidentally step in it and track it home. Particularly at risk, of course, are children who play on the ground.
  3. Dog Poop bio-degrades slowly. Some people think it’s okay to leave dog poop because it will break down naturally. However, the biodegration process is very slow, and, especially in places where the dog population is high, abandoned dog poop can accumulate faster than it breaks down.
  4. It’s not fertilizer! In fact, poop impedes landscaping efforts. Leaving dog poop encourages other dogs to mark that spot (by urinating over the previous dog’s scent): poop left on the grass contributes to the problem of “nitrogen burn.”
  5. Dog Poop pollutes the water. Dog feces contains high levels of nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, which actually pollute the water. These nutrients feed and stimulate the growth of algae in water bodies in much the same way as fertilizers help lawns to grow. This can cause the water body to become depleted in oxygen, making it less healthy for fish and large levels of growth can impede recreational and aesthetic value of water as well. Cleaning up after your dog is environmentally responsible. And please don’t dispose of dog poop in storm drains: storm drains are a direct conduit to our rivers!
  6. Dog Poop is unsightly. Everybody knows that. It’s disgusting. Pick it up.
  7. Dog Poop tops the list of complaints against dogs. More than dog aggression, nuisance barking or unsupervised dogs, most complaints against dogs are about people not cleaning up after their dogs.
  8. Dog Poop makes dog owners look bad. Dog Poop is the number one reason for negative public sentiment against dogs. Every time you don’t pick up after your dog, you are giving one more reason for others to dislike dogs and dog owners.
  9. Your actions set an example for others. When you pick up after your dog, you are part of the solution! And your actions will help convey the message that it’s the right thing to do.

Many people even carry extra bags to offer to others as a subtle and neighbourly hint that cleaning up after our dogs is what responsible dog owners do.

More and more people are taking it upon themselves to pick up “orphan poop.” These people are truly ambassadors. You can set a good example, too. If you see orphan poop, pick it up with one of those extra bags you are carrying. Nothing like picking up somebody else’s cold poop, but what a message it sends to others! Your actions will encourage others to do the same, and soon, this will be a non-issue, because everybody will simply pick up without giving it a second thought.

good neighbor

It’s up to each of us to do our part in keeping Bashaw clean and poop-free. Make sure you carry bags with you. In fact, carry extras and offer them to dog owners who aren’t prepared or may not yet be educated about the importance of picking up after their dogs. Spread the word that Poop Destroys Our Good Reputation as Responsible Dog Owners!