STRAY ANIMAL INTAKE
To maintain our capacity for care levels at the animal shelter, the managed intake of found strays is in effect.
If you have found a stray pet within the City of Lethbridge, you MUST make a request for intake.
Found a stray cat
The animal shelter must manage the intake of strays to ensure the proper care, safety, and health of the animals in our facility. Our goal is to provide care and housing to cats in dire need, return lost pets to their owners, and adopt out those that go unclaimed.
Found a stray dog
In the City of Lethbridge, the control and licensing of dogs is regulated under Bylaw 5235. This bylaw requires owners to have identification for their pets and to ensure that their dogs are not running at large in the community.
Have you found a stray dog within the City of Lethbridge? Consider the following:
Speak with area neighbors and post to local pet social media groups to try and locate an owner. Taking a stray from the area where it was found, significantly reduces the chance of it getting back home quickly as the owner is likely out looking for their pet.
Is the dog wearing tags? Try reaching out to an owner if there is an address or phone number. If the dog is wearing a City of Lethbridge License Tag you can contact us during business hours at 403-320-4099 and our staff will work to connect with the owner.
Have you spotted a stray dog running loose in the community? You can report this to our complaint line at 403-320-4099 so that an Enforcement Officer can be dispatched to search for the dog ( 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm only).
Found a stray dog? Not able to locate an owner? Please contact Community Animal Services so that an Enforcement Officer can be dispatched out ( 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm only) to collect the dog. Our officers can scan for microchips in the field to help locate an owner.
Attempting to locate an owner in the community before the dog reaches the shelter significantly increases the chance of the animal getting home and reduces intake stress on the facility.
** For loose dogs creating a threat to public safety, call 403-320-4099 **
How you can help
MANAGED INTAKE OF CATS:
Intake of found stray cats to the City of Lethbridge Animal Shelter is prioritized based on the cats' needs and available resources. Request for intake MUST be made ahead of time to have a cat admitted to the facility. Please complete the intake request form so staff can triage the intake. Your request will be added to a waiting list and staff will contact you when kennel space becomes available. Walk-ins will not be accepted.