Animal Control

The Town of Strathmore promotes and supports responsible dog ownership and their first priority is the health and safety of the general public.

Barking Dogs

Do not let your dog bark for long periods of time. Remember to have food and water available if your pet is outside. It is important for your pet to have shelter from the elements in winter as well as summer.

Walking Your Pet

When walking your dog or cat you are required to use a restraining device which means any leash or other restraining system capable of allowing the owner to maintain adequate control of the animal. When walking your pets in parks or public areas you are required to clean up after your pet.

Animal Services Facility

Animals are kept at the Town of Strathmore in a holding facility.  The Town of Strathmore can hold up to 11 dogs and 7 cats.  Animals with identification are held for 10 days and animals with no identification are held for 3 days.  Town of Strathmore Animal Control can be reached at 403-361-2128.

Donations are greatly appreciated.  The Cats and dogs would love to have more toys. The facility can always use towels and dish cloths.

Lost and Found Pets

If you should find a dog, cat or loose a pet wandering at large, please contact the Town office at 403-934-3133 as soon as possible. Often a lost pet owners has already contacted the Town and are desperate to be reunited with their pets. If you find an animal with a tag you can look up the owner information on Virtual Town Hall to find a contact phone number. AFTER HOURS please call RCMP at 403-934-3535.

How to License your Pet

Animals over the age of three months are required to be licensed. Fill out the information in the Dog and Cat License forms below and bring into the Town Office.

$30.00 - Dog (Neutered or Spayed)
$60.00 - Dog (Intact)
$20.00 - Cats - (Neutered or Spayed)
$30.00 - Cat (Intact)

Click here to view the Cat/Dog Registration Form

Access Bylaw #13-21, the Consolidated Fees Bylaw, which contains charges and offenses relating to Animal Control.

Wildlife Concerns 


Skunks are a very beneficial part of the urban eco-system, acting as a natural pest control in many ways as they hunt mice, voles, bees, wasps, grubs, beetles, and more.  They can, however, become a nuisance either because their territory comes into conflict with that of domestic pets - threatening pets and property with that famously pungent odour when they spray, or when they wreck havoc in the garden or flower bed as they search for food. 

Getting Rid of Skunks

To get rid of skunks from on, or around, your property, there are three ways that you can go about it.  Exclusion, Passive Deterrence or Trapping.


This involves installing physical barriers to prevent the skunks from gaining access to your property, or from gaining access to denning sites on, or near, your property.

Passive Detterence

This method of pest control involves applying gentle pressure in a natural way to make your property less attractive to the skunks.  This can be done chemically by applying deterrents such as ammonia, or cider vinegar to denning sites, or the application of pheromone scents such as fox or coyote urine to key areas around the property. Or, passive deterrence can also be done by making physical changes to the environment to make it less attractive, or less habitable to the target wildlife. Examples of this would include, adding bright lights or noisemakers to the property, opening up side panels or cleaning up stored items or yard debris to expose denning sites, etc…


Lastly, property owners may elect to trap the skunks on their property.  Once you have trapped a skunk, you have one of three options: You can then dispatch (kill) the skunk, or you can relocate the skunk, or you can translocate the captured skunk.  

Dispatching - Depending on the method used, this option is probably the most humane option for effectively dealing with a trapped skunk.  You can control the death, making it quick and relatively painless for the animal.

Relocation - This involves releasing a trapped animal in another part of its home territory.  This is not a very effective method for dealing with a trapped skunk, as it will likely find its way back to your property within a matter of hours.  This method is best used as a temporary way to get a skunk away from a den so that it can be closed up.  However, you have to be sure that you have removed all the skunks from the den before closing it up.

Translocation - This involves releasing a trapped animal in a completely foreign or unfamiliar territory.  For skunks, this method is almost the same as dispatching (killing) the skunk except that it is far less humane. Translocating skunks greatly reduces their chances of survival.  Studies have been done that show only about 30-35% of translocated adult skunks live longer than 30 days, and only about 1-3% of translocated baby skunks live longer than 30 days.  People think they are giving the animals a fighting chance by translocating them, but the reality is much more cruel.  In a completely foreign territory, skunks are highly stressed and scared.  They have no idea where to look for food or water, they have no idea where to find shelter from the elements, or from predators, and they have no idea what predators or other dangers even exist within the new territory. 

Click here to learn more about Skunk Control and Prevention

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680 Westchester Road
Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J1
Phone: (403) 934-3133

Municiple Enforcement
680 Westchester Road, Strathmore, AB T1P 1J1
Phone: 403-361-2112
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