Community Animal Services - Care & Control is responsible for animal control and related bylaw enforcement in the City of Lethbridge. We operate the City of Lethbridge Animal Shelter which provides care and housing to stray cats and dogs from the community and, acts as a resource hub for responsible pet ownership programs and services.
Community Animal Services provides the following services to the citizens of Lethbridge and their pets;
Housing and care of found stray pets.
Response to animal control complaints.
Adoption of cats and dogs.
Pet Licensing services
Community support and education programs.
Community Animal Services employs sworn Enforcement Officers who are appointed under the Municipal Government Act to investigate offenses and enforce animal-related bylaws within the City of Lethbridge; they are considered Peace Officers in the execution of their duties. Our team works varied schedules 7 days a week in order to respond to animal control-related complaints, pick up of stray dogs and assist local Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Alberta SPCA, and Alberta Sheriffs Fish and Wildlife. Our team holds memberships with the National Animal Care and Control Association and the Alberta Municipal Enforcement Association. All staff participates in ongoing continued education and training programs.
Community Animal Services operates a Fear Free Shelter! Our team participates in continued education and training programs that focus on reducing fear, anxiety, and stress for the animals in the shelter environment. Some Fear Free practices include managing the intake of stray cats to maintain an appropriate population within the facility and reducing environmental stimuli such as frequent movement, loud noise, and bright lights. Staff will use techniques such as a considerate approach and touch gradient when handling animals.
We also adhere to the Best Management Practices for Animal Shelters and Rescues as recommended by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.
News and bulletins
Lethbridge Animal Shelter Closed for Remembrance Day: November 09, 2023
The Lethbridge Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Saturday, November 11, 2023, for the Remembrance Day holiday. The public can access information and resources on our website including, online reporting, a list of found pets, adoption profiles, and booking volunteer times. For critical animal control emergencies, call 403-320-4099.
Regulatory Services and Community Animal Services start review of the animal bylaws: October 12, 2023
An initial report was presented to the City of Lethbridge Community Safety Standing Policy Committee on October 12, 2023, outlining plans to review the current animal regulations in Lethbridge and begin public engagement to gather feedback on modernizing the bylaws.
View the committee report.
Find public engagement opportunities.
Lethbridge Animal Shelter Closed for Thanksgiving: October 6, 2023
The Lethbridge Animal Shelter will be closed to the public on Monday, October 9, 2023, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. The public can access information and resources on our website including, online reporting, a list of found pets, adoption profiles, and booking volunteer times. For critical animal control emergencies, call 403-320-4099.