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I HAVE A CAT

Reminder: Guardians of a cat with a tag must let the City know about changes of address as well as the death or disappearance of their cat, or if they give away or sell their cat, within 15 days of any of these events.

Can I obtain a permit without visiting an Accès Montréal office?

Accès Montréal offices in all boroughs issue permits. In some boroughs, it is also possible to obtain a permit from an authorized dealer. (see the Obtain your permit section)

Do I need to get a permit if I adopt a cat in a shelter?

Yes, you need a permit. If you present proof of adoption in an Accès Montréal office within 15 days of adopting your cat, the first annual permit will be free.

Do I have to get a permit if my cat is microchipped?

Yes, cat guardians must have a valid permit. However, cats don’t have to wear their tag if they have a microchip whose number has been registered with the city when the permit was issued. Fees for obtaining a permit are reduced by $5 when cats have a microchip.

Guardians of cats 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 get a permit if my cat doesn’t go outside?

Yes, cat guardians must have a valid permit. It is not unusual that an indoor cat manages to get out without his or her guardian’s knowledge. Indoor cats need to wear their tag and have a microchip.

My cat just had a litter of kittens, what do I have to do?

When a cat gives birth, you can keep the kittens for three months or less. After this period, each cat must have a valid permit. Please note that it is not permitted to keep more than four pets in a housing unit, all species combined.

What do I do if I move with my cat?

Cat guardians who move from one borough to another don’t need a new permit or tag. However, you must change your address at an Accès Montréal office and all places where the cat is registered, in particular the microchip provider and the veterinarian’s office.

What do I do if I find or lose a pet?

Call 311 about stray cats; the agent will tell you how to proceed depending on the species. Each borough has an animal shelter that houses stray cats within its limits. Shelters try to identify each pet that arrives by tag, microchip or tattoo and if possible, they contact the pet’s guardian. If your pet is lost, you should contact the shelter in charge of picking up pets in your borough to see if he or she is there.

If your lost pet is not in one of the local shelters (see the Resources-Animal shelters section), a neighbour may have taken him or her in temporarily. So it is important to create a poster that lets people know you are looking for your pet. Be sure to include a photo with your contact information and put it up in public spaces and in businesses that authorize it. If you find a dead pet, call 311.

What should I do if I am visiting Montréal with my cat?

A cat that usually lives in another municipality can be within city limits without having to obtain the required permit under the following conditions:

  • The cat is within city limits for a maximum of 30 days;
  • The cat must have a valid permit from the municipality where he or she usually lives if the municipality’s legislation requires it. The cat’s guardian must, upon request from the city, show the municipality’s permit or proof of residence.

Does my kitten need a permit?

No one may be the guardian of a cat without obtaining the required licence. The licence must be obtained within 15 days of acquiring the cat or of the day the cat reaches the age of 3 months, the longest period applying.


I HAVE A DOG

Reminder: Dog guardians for whom a tag has been issued must advise the city of any change of address as well as the death or disappearance of the dog or if the dog is given away or sold, within 15 days of any of these events.

Can I obtain a permit without going to an Accès Montréal office?

You can apply by mail through most boroughs.

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

Yes, dog guardians must have a valid permit. They must ensure that their dog wears his or her tag at all times. Fees for obtaining a permit are reduced by $5 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 permit 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 permit. 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.

I have a service dog, do I need a permit?

Yes, service dogs must also have a city permit and tag. However, permits are free for service dogs if the applicant’s handicap is such that he or she needs a service dog and can present proof of his or her handicap.

Should I obtain a permit if I adopt a dog in a shelter?

Yes, you need a permit. If you present proof of adoption in an Accès Montréal office within 15 days of adopting your dog, the first annual permit will be free.

My dog just had a litter of puppies, what do I have to do?

When a dog gives birth, you can keep the puppies for three months or less. After this period, each dog must have a valid permit. Please note that it is not permitted to keep more than two dogs and more than four pets of in a housing unit, all species combined. There is an exception for guardians of three dogs who have obtained a special permit.

What are the conditions for obtaining a special permit for three dogs?

The applicant must not live in a building with three or more dwellings and does not own an at-risk dog. All three dogs must be spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

What do I do if I move with my dog?

Dog guardians who move from one borough to another don’t need a new permit or tag. However, you must change your address at an Accès Montréal office and all places where the dog is registered, in particular the microchip provider and the veterinarian’s office.

What do I do if I find or lose a pet?

Call 311 about lost pets; the agent will tell you how to proceed depending on the species. Each borough has an animal shelter that houses lost pets within its limits. Shelters try to identify each pet that arrives by tag, microchip or tattoo and if possible, they contact the pet’s guardian. If your pet is lost, you should contact the shelter in charge of picking up pets in your borough to see if he or she is there.

If your lost pet is not in one of the local shelters (see the Resources-Animal shelters section), a neighbour may have taken him or her in temporarily. So it is important to create a poster that lets people know you are looking for your pet. Be sure to include a photo with your contact information and put it up in public spaces and in businesses that authorize it. If you find a dead pet, call 311.

Are flexible leashes permitted?

Flexible or retractable leashes are not permitted. The maximum allowable leash length is 1.85 m for all dogs.

When should I renew my permit?

A permit issued after January 1, 2018 is valid for one year anywhere within Montréal’s city limits. It must be renewed before the expiration date listed on the permit. If the permit is renewed after the expiration date, a $10 late fee will be charged.

Example:
If you obtained a pet permit on February 3, 2018, it will be valid until February 2, 2019. You will need to renew on or before February 2, 2019, after which time a $10 late fee will be charged.

A new tag (silver, rosette-shaped) issued from October 1, 2017, is valid for the life of the animal, but the permit is renewable annually. If the tag is lost or damaged, a fee of $10 will be required to replace it.

What should I do if I am visiting Montréal with my dog?

A dog that usually lives in another municipality can be within city limits without having to obtain the required permit under the following conditions:

  • The dog is within city limits for a maximum of 30 days;
  • The dog must have a valid permit from the municipality where he or she usually lives if the municipality’s legislation requires it. The dog’s guardian must, upon request from the city, show the municipality’s permit or proof of residence.

Does Montréal have surveillance staff at its dog parks?

No. Guardians who go to dog parks must have their dog under control and follow applicable rules for use.If an incident occurs, depending on the type of incident, it can be reported to the city by calling 311, or to the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal by dialing 911.

However, the animal control patrol can apply municipal legislation in dog parks.

My dog weighs 20 kg, which harness or halter should I choose?

You can choose the harness or halter that is best adapted to your dog by visiting a pet store.

Does my puppy need a permit?

No one may be the guardian of a dog without obtaining the required licence. The licence must be obtained within 15 days of acquiring the dog or of the day the dog reaches the age of 3 months, the longest period applying.


I HAVE A PIT BULL-TYPE OR AT-RISK DOG

How are dogs identified as at-risk?

At-risk dogs are dogs that try to bite or attack, that bite or attack or that commit an act that compromises the safety of a person or animal.

What should I do if I have a pit bull-type dog?

Since December 20, 2017, Montréal’s executive committee has decided to suspend, by way of ordinance, the articles of the by-law specific to Pit bull-type dogs.

Thus, Pit bull-type dogs are considered “regular” dogs, in accordance with this amendment and as such, no longer require special licences. However, if your dog weighs more than 20kg and is outside your residence, it must wear a harness or a head halter attached to a leash not longer than 1.85m.

If, during the past few months, you have received a tag (orange, blue, or black), you must keep it until your next licence renewal. Your licence is deemed to be a regular licence. You will receive a letter by mail letting you know your renewal date (one year later than the date initially provided).

Moreover, the special conditions pertaining to Pitt bull-type dogs (muzzling, supervision by a person 18 years or older, and short 1.25m leash) are no longer mandatory.

Are stretch leashes permitted?

Flexible or retractable leashes are not permitted. The maximum allowable leash length 1.85 m for all dogs.


OTHER QUESTIONS

What should I do if a pet guardian is violating the rules in my borough?

Call 311 to report any problem or potential danger.

How is the cost of the permit determined?

Permit prices are based on animal control best practices. By offering various discounts, these prices encourage responsible behaviour such as microchipping and spaying/neutering.

How many cats and dogs are registered on the Montréal territory?

According to a survey conducted in june 2017, there are an estimated 225,000 cats and 115,000 dogs. The fact that all cat and dog guardians residing in Montréal will now be required to have a permit for their animal will ultimately enable us to obtain a more accurate picture of pets within city limits.

Where is the animal patrol deployed?

The animal patrol is deployed within city limits. It carries out its activities proactively to ensure that guardians possess a valid permit for their pets as well as abide by the rules of civility and safety in public spaces, such as the wearing of animal tags, keeping dogs on leashes and, if applicable, the wearing of a halter, harness and/or muzzle.

What should I do if I have a dwarf or miniature pig at home?

Under an ordinance which comes into force on May 23, 2018, if you already had a dwarf or miniature pig on that date, you have until June 21, 2018 to get a permit. You must provide proof (bill of sale, veterinary bill, etc.) that you were the owner of the pig before May 23, 2018 and proof that the pig is spayed or neutered. Your pig must wear a tag, be on a leash of a maximum length of 1.85 m and, if he or she weighs 20 kg or more, wear a harness attached to the leash.

How should I behave around wild animals?

A number of wild animals, such as squirrels, pigeons, raccoons, groundhogs and skunks, live in urban areas. Feeding them or trying to capture them is strictly prohibited and subject to a fine. Wild animals fed by humans may become dependent on them, placing these animals at greater risk.

Even though they may not seem dangerous, wild animals are always unpredictable and, as a safety measure, it is better to keep your distance. In addition, some animals may carry infectious diseases, such as rabies, that are contagious to humans. For your safety and the well-being of these animals, avoid approaching or teasing them, and teach these rules of caution to your children as well. If you come across a dead or injured wild animal, call 311. Do not approach the animal.

How can I get rid of a wild animal on my property?

If a wild animal has settled at your home, it is because it has found food and an accessible shelter. Getting the animal to go away without taking preventive measures like blocking access to food and shelter is bound to attract other animals to take their place.

Various measures are available to scare wild animals away from your home and prevent their intrusion.

Information about these measures may be found in the 311 Database on the city's Web site, under the “Public health and safety” tab, and on the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs website.

There are also companies that specialize in urban wildlife control that can give you appropriate advice or come to your home to take care of the problem. If you come across a dead or injured wild animal, call 311. Do not approach the animal.

Who can issue statements of offence?

The animal control patrol, staff deployed by the boroughs (patrolers and inspectors) and Service de police de la Ville de Montréal police officers.

Do patrollers work in the wintertime?

Yes, the animal control patrollers work year round.

What are the fines for violating the by-law?

Anyone who violates the by-law is liable, for a first infraction, to a fine of $300 to $600; or a fine of $500 to $750 for infractions that pose a risk to safety (bites, being without a leash or muzzle).

What should I do if I believe I was wrongfully issued a statement of offence?

It is possible to record a not-guilty plea within 30 days of the date the statement was served. On the statement, see the "Plea" and "Recording a Not-Guilty Plea" sections.

What should I do if my dog can't be spayed/neutered or microchipped?

Spaying/neutering and microchipping dogs will be compulsory on December 31, 2019.

Although the by-law does not currently require this, Montréal encourages this responsible behaviour; guardians who spay/neuter and/or microchip their pet get a discount when registering their pet.

If your pet can't be spayed/neutered or microchipped, you must provide the city with a letter from your veterinarian explaining why it is contraindicated. This information will be recorded in your file.