Pet Limit

Responsible Pet Owners Have No Limits

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