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You and Your Pet: Live Better Together in Montréal

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Learn about the by-law

Montréal’s pet by-law sets out rules of conduct and civic-mindedness to ensure the safety of all residents and to improve cohabitation with pets.

Your dog must be wearing his or her tag at all times and be kept on a 1.85 metre (maximum) leash in public spaces.

Also, all dogs that weigh more than 20 kg must wear a head collar or harness attached to the leash.


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Get your license

All dogs and cat guardians that live within Montréal’s city limits must obtain an annual license for their pet. The license is valid anywhere within Montréal’s city limits.


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Free Spay/neuter Program

In addition to the many advantages spaying or neutering your pet offers, it is also compulsory to do so. Low-income households can have their pet spayed or neutered free of charge.

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Adoption is a responsibility

There are many advantages of having a pet around as a companion, but welcoming a pet into your home is no small move – quite the contrary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to obtain a license if my dog is microchipped?

Yes, dog guardians must have a valid license. They must ensure that their dog wears his or her tag at all times. Fees for obtaining a license are reduced by $7 when dogs have a microchip. Guardians of dogs with a microchip must advise the microchip provider of any change to their contact information within 15 days of changing this information.

Do I have to obtain a license if my dog doesn’t go outside often and is with me each time he or she does go out?

Yes, dog guardians must have a valid license. It is not uncommon that a dog that usually lives inside manages to get out without his or her guardian’s knowledge. This is why it is important that dogs always wear their tags.