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Montréal’s pet by-law sets out rules of conduct and civic-mindedness to ensure the safety of all residents and to help humans and their pets live better together.
Pets are considered any animal that is raised and maintained by humans for pleasure, as a companion. The term includes most dogs and cats.
The by-law sets out which species residents can have in their homes and limits the number of pets per household.
With a view to nuisance control (strays, excessive barking, property damage, etc.), the by-law emphasizes guardians’ responsibilities and residents’ safety in public places.
All dog and cat guardians who live in Montréal must have a valid license and renew it each year.
The city and its boroughs enforce the application of the by-law in various ways:
Trade Your Ticket Project
During special operations, the animal control patrol may offer residents who are issued a ticket the chance to have it cancelled. Some may be able to exchange their ticket for a three-hour information session about safety rules that help residents and dogs live together peacefully.