Animal Control

Animal Control Bylaw Review

I recently received the following email from the city:

Bylaw staff, with the assistance of the Animal Control Bylaw Working Group (ACWG), is reviewing the City’s animal control bylaws to make sure they meet the community’s needs for regulating poultry, and domestic and exotic animals in Guelph.

After a number of meetings over the past two years, the ACWG –comprised of community members, agency representatives, and City employees – is proposing a number of bylaw recommendations, including expanding animal licensing to include other animals (e.g. cats, reptiles, poultry), prohibiting all animals from running at large, and introducing limits on the number of dogs and cats for each household.

Four meetings will be held between November 19 and 26 at City Hall to give members of the public a chance to learn more about the review, ask questions, and to tell staff what they think about the proposed bylaw recommendations.

Public Meetings
• Thursday, November 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon
• Tuesday, November 24, 9:30 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8:30 p.m.
• Thursday, November 26, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Space is limited at each session and advanced registration is required. However, if there is enough demand, staff will schedule additional public meetings. For individuals who are unable to attend one of the four sessions, an online survey will be available between November 27 and December 31 at

For background material, read the November 18, 2013 Council information report on the city website.

Animal Control Bylaw Review Poster