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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 targeted operations, animal control officers may offer dog guardians who have committed an infraction the opportunity to have their ticket cancelled. They may trade their ticket against their participation in a 3-hour information and awareness session (in French) concerning safety rules for harmonious cohabitation between residents and dogs in the city.