Animal Services and Wildlife

VIP* (*Very Important Pet!) Regulations and Services

Dogs and Cats

The City of Greater Sudbury has adopted the principles of responsible pet ownership for the well-being and safety of residents and animals in our community. Our objectives include:

  • Encouraging proper care and management of pets
  • Rescuing dogs and cats which may be injured or roaming at large
  • Reuniting lost dogs and cats with their owners whenever possible
  • Promoting adoption or fostering of homeless dogs and cats and
  • Enforcing regulations that balance the rights of local pet owners with the rights of residents who do not have pets

Animal Shelter

Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter at 39 Kari Road in Wahnapitae provides a temporary home for dogs and cats found injured, abandoned or roaming at large in our community.

The Shelter is open Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dial 705-694-PETS (7387) or email

See Found Pets at Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter

See Adoptable Cats Waiting for a Forever Home

See Adoptable Dogs Waiting for a Forever Home

Like us on Facebook for more Lost and Found Pets

Find Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter on Google Maps

Take Highway 17E to Highway 537/Hill Street. Follow to Dryden Road East for 6.8 km then turn right onto Kari Road (gravel road) for about 1.4 km.

Choose Get Directions and enter your Starting Point on Google Maps.

By-law Enforcement

Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement Officers work seven days a week and evenings to follow-up on complaints about potential infractions of the municipal animal control by-law. Residents may dial 3-1-1 to register a question or complaint or email for nonurgent requests. TTY: 705-688-3919.

City of Greater Sudbury By-law 2017-22 to Regulate the Keeping of Animals, Responsible Pet Ownership and the Registration of Dogs and Cats  is available here for review.

Also see Amendment  2017-40


An emergency line for injured or potentially dangerous dogs and cats found roaming at large is available around the clock, seven days a week. After business hours, dial 3-1-1 then press 6 to reach the City of Greater Sudbury's call answer service.  TTY: 705-688-3919

Learn more about Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter

Purchase a dog or cat licence online

See how many pets you may keep in your home

Learn about roaming and off-leash dog parks

Help us discourage noisy pets

Obey the rules of stoop and scoop

Find information about other pets in the home

Learn about vicious dogs

Get details about a spay/neuter subsidy for cats

Find phone numbers for wildlife encounters