Responsible Pet Owners Protect Dogs and Cats from Unwanted Litters
The City of Greater Sudbury Animal Care and Control By-law permits the following:
- Pet owners may keep as many spayed or neutered licensed dogs and licensed cats as they wish
- If dogs and cats are not spayed or neutered, pet owners may keep a maximum of two licensed dogs and two licensed cats per household
- Pet owners who currently have more than two unaltered dogs and two unaltered cats will be permitted to keep these extra pets until the pets have died or are otherwise disposed of, provided it can be proven that the owner was in possession of these pets prior to the effective date of the new Animal Care and Control By-law on March 1, 2017
- To encourage fostering of homeless dogs and cats, foster families of dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age may keep a maximum of three unaltered dogs and three unaltered cats for up to 48 hours so that a permanent home or veterinary service can be arranged
- Number of pets per household applies to animals other than dogs and cats. Please follow this link for species and numbers of animals permitted under By-law.
- Breeders have exemptions. Please contact Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement Services for details. Dial 3-1-1, Mondays to Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spay and Neuter Subsidy
The City of Greater Sudbury and the Sudbury and District Veterinary Association offer a program to help reduce the number of unwanted cats in the community. The program provides low-income residents with unlimited access to reduced rates for the spaying and neutering of domestic cats.
Eligible residents will pay $100 to neuter or $125 to spay a domestic cat at a participating animal hospital, not including applicable tax. To qualify, residents must meet at least one of the following requirements:
Receipt of the federal Guaranteed Income Supplement
Receipt of the Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit
Receipt of the Ontario Disability Support Program
Receipt of financial assistance through Ontario Works and/or
Receipt of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s SafePet Program
For more information, residents may dial 3-1-1 or visit Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady Street, Sudbury between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Proof of a cat licence, proof of personal identity and proof for the means test (a recent letter confirming receipt of income or a cheque stub) are required.
Trap, Neuter, Release
In 2017, the City of Greater Sudbury will begin a trap, neuter, release program to control the local population of feral cats.
Participation in the program will be limited to applications submitted by Rescue Groups approved by the City of Greater Sudbury. Potential recovery of eligible costs will be negotiated at that time.
Approved Rescue Groups will be authorized to trap feral cats and, when appropriate, have the feral cats euthanized in a humane manner or have the feral cats spayed/neutered and microchipped before release back to the same area where they were captured.
Rescue groups may also manage feral cat colonies which have congregated in an identified area.