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Animal Control


Under its municipal by-law, it is forbidden to feed pigeons, seagulls, crows, ducks and other birds anywhere in the borough of Verdun.
The Act respecting the conservation and development of wildlife forbids all citizens from killing or capturing urban wildlife, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, etc.
For tips and references on wild animals, such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, red foxes, common muskrats and beavers, contact the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec at 450-359-4194.

Useful links

  • Association québécoise de la gestion parasitaire - Promotion of professional practice standards and codes for the parasite management industry. Telephone : 514 355-3757 or toll free at 1 800 663-2730 -
  • Biodôme de Montréal - For problems related to bats. Telephone : 514 868-3000 -
  • Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) - Organization comprised of the four faculties of veterinary medicine in Canada. Telephone : 1 800 567-2033 or CCWH Québec (Université de Montréal) 450 773-8521, ext. 8346.
  • Communication Québec . For crows, ravens and blue jays. Telephone: 514-644-4545
  • Ecomuseum - Private, educational, non-profit wildlife park located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
    Telephone: 514-457-9449 -
  • Animex - Animal ambulance -Animex will transport and assist your pet, from your home to a clinic or a veterinary hospital. Telephone: 514-241-2588
  • Le Nichoir - For birds found or wounded; tips and wildlife references. Telephone: 450-458-2809
  • Protection de la faune - Wildlife protection officers from the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec; for tips and references concerning wildlife, such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, red foxes, common muskrats, and beavers. Telephone: 450-59-4194-
  • Refuge for cats (Verdun) - Protection, care, vaccination and sterilization of stray cats; adoption clinics. Telephone: 514-761-4444 -
  • Information on the West Nile virus. Telephone : 1 800 363-1361 -
  • Information service on nature in urban settings - Telephone service from mid-May to mid-August; tips and references concerning wildlife and horticulture for urban residents. Telephone : 514 398-7882 -
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) - For the protection of animals against negligence, abuse and exploitation; adoption and sterilization services. Telephone : 514 735-2711. -
  • S.O.S. braconnage - For persons who witness an act of poaching. Telephone : 1 800 463-2191


Permits for dogs and cats

The owner of a dog or a cat must fulfill certain responsibilities. Here’s what you need to know.

Number of animals

Dogs and cats

It is forbidden to keep more than three dogs and four animals in a dwelling unit, all species included (ex. two dogs, one cat, one rabbit).

It is forbidden to keep a puppy or a kitten for more than 90 days without a licence. The licence must be obtained no more than 15 days after the animal’s acquisition or 15 days after the dog or cat reaches three months of age, with the longer time period applying. Each dog or cat must wear the borough identification tag at all times, with the exception of a “microchipped” cat, as the microchip makes it possible to check the licence number issued for the cat.

Do you own three dogs?

A special permit must be obtained to own three dogs. To obtain the permit, the following items are required:

  • For each animal, proof of sterilization, microchipping and immunization against rabies;
  • Attestation stating that you do not live in a building with three or more dwelling units;
  • Assurance that you are not keeping a dog at risk.

What conditions must be met to obtain a special permit for three dogs?

Applicants may not live in a building with three or more dwelling units and may not keep a dog at risk or a Pit Bull-type dog. The three dogs must be sterilized, microchipped and vaccinated.

A summary of what to do as the owner of three dogs:

  • Obtain a permit for each dog and a special permit for three dogs (the special permit requires that they be sterilized, microchipped and vaccinated);
  • Have the dogs wear a tag and have control of them at all times;
  • Keep the dogs on a maximum 1.85 m leash, except in dog parks;
  • If walking more than two dogs at once, keep the special permit for three dogs in your possession;
  • Do not take more than two dogs to a dog park.

Duration of the licence

  • Holders of a permit issued between October and December 2016 saw their permit expire on December 31, 2017. An additional fee of $10 was applied if the permit was not renewed on time. Once renewed, the permit is valid for one year from the date of issuance. It must then be renewed annually on same date of issuance.
  • A permit issued after January 1, 2017 is valid for one year from its date of issuance. It must be renewed annually on the same date of issuance. An additional fee of $10 will be applied if the permit is renewed after the date of issuance.
  • The new tag (silver, in the shape of a rosette) issued as of October 1, 2017 is valid for the duration of the animal’s life, but the permit is renewable annually. A fee of $10 will be applied to replace a lost or damaged tag.

How to obtain a licence

  • In person: At the Accès Verdun offices located at 4555 Rue de Verdun, bureau 104
  • By standard mail: Complete the animal permit application form corresponding to your status and animal.
    Mail the duly completed form to the Accès Verdun offices, together with the payment of the applicable fees and the supporting documents (if applicable). The Accès Verdun offices are located at 4555 Rue de Verdun, bureau 104, Verdun (Québec) H4G 1M4.
    For further information, dial 311 to contact the Accès Montréal offices.
  • At Accès Verdun offices, located at 4555, Rue de Verdun, bureau 104

For further information, dial 311 to contact the Accès Montréal offices.


Animal shelter

Logo SPCA.

The Verdun borough is proud to be associated with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and to assist the animal population across its territory.

The signed agreement between the SPCA and the borough of Verdun provides the latter with a pound service, a trap, neuter and release program (CSR) for cats, and euthanasia for animals brought to the SPCA. De plus, tout animal trouvé peut être apporté à la SPCA afin que son propriétaire puisse le retrouver sans difficulté.

For further information: 5215 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montréal (Québec) H4P 1X4 - General information: 514-735-2711 - Clinique Le Refuge (sterilization): 514-344-7222 -


By-law concerning animal control and charter

Getting informed about the regulations

It is forbidden to:

  • keep more than two dogs in a dwelling unit;
  • keep more than four animals in a dwelling unit, all permissible species included;
  • operate a kennel, cattery, rabbitry, sheep-pen, aviary, poultry house or any other form of animal farm, except in sectors of the borough where such use is authorized under the zoning by-law;
  • In spite of paragraphs 1 and 2, when a female dog, cat or rabbit whelps, the newborn animals may not be kept for more than three months.

This article does not apply to a shelter or an establishment that specializes in the sale, custody, maintenance or care of animals and exercises the following uses according to the applicable regulatory requirements.

In spite of paragraph 1, three dogs may be kept in the same dwelling unit if the owner obtains a special permit issued by the borough. A special permit will be issued under the following conditions:

  • Dogs must be sterilised and vaccinated against rabies, unless otherwise specified in writing by a veterinarian;
  • The applicant may not reside in a building with three or more dwelling units;
  • The permit application does not concern the owner of a dog deemed dangerous that has been found guilty of a nuisance under this by-law;
  • The applicant has defrayed the fees payable under the By-law concerning fees.
  • A special permit will be revoked if its holder is found guilty of an infraction under this by-law. 

Allowed animals

Except in a sector of the borough where such use is authorized under the urban planning by-law, it is forbidden to keep in captivity, for any purpose, in or around a dwelling unit, an animal that does not belong to one of the following species:

  • Domestic dog, except a mixed-breed dog;
  • Domestic cat;
  • Domestic rabbit;
  • Sterilized domestic ferret;
  • Domestic rodent weighing less than 1.5 kg;
  • A flying phalanger born in captivity;
  • A hedgehog born in captivity, except from the Erinaceus genus;
  • Birds born in captivity, except a duck, goose, magpie goose, swan, screamer and other waterfowl, hen, pintade, turkey, pheasant, capercaillie and other fowl-like birds, ostrich, rhea, kiwi, emu, cassowary, ratite birds and other struthioniformes;
  • Reptiles born in captivity, except snakes measuring more than three metres in length at adult age, venomous snakes, lizards measuring more than two metres at adults age, venomous lizards, marine turtles, turtles in the Trionychidea family and alligators, crocodiles, gavials and other crocodilians;
  • The American toad (Bufo americanus), wood frog (Rana sylvatica), north frog (Rana septentrionalis), leopard frog (Rana pipiens), green frog (Rana clamitans), mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus), bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana), eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) and all exotic amphibians, except venomous or toxic amphibians;
  • Fish, except carnivorous fish and venomous or toxic fish.

Obligations of the pet owner

  • Make sure your animal wears a tag and and is not allowed to roam, with the exception of *domestic cats (*a sterilized and vaccinated cat that wears a tag issued by the borough in accordance with the by-law or a cat that is microchipped, as the microchip makes it possible to check the licence number issued for the cat);
  • Keep your animal under control;
  • Prevent your animal from barking or howling and thus disturbing your neighbours’ peace and quiet;
  • Immediately pick up your animal’s feces and dispose of it in a hygienic manner;
  • Always keep your animal on a maximum 1.85 m leash;
  • When leaving the home with your animal, be sure, at all times, to bring what you need to pick up and dispose of your animal’s feces in a hygienic manner;
  • Ensure that you have control of your dog at all times so that the animal doesn’t run away;
  • It is forbidden to abandon a pet. The only way to get rid of a pet is to give it to a new owner or a competent authority. The fees for giving up a pet will be charged to the owner, including adoption or animal euthanasia fees, where applicable;
  • It is forbidden to attach an animal where it can encroach on a public street and to leave it without supervision.Chiens dans les parcs
  • When not on private property, a dog may not occupy a space other than a street, alleyway, pedestrian path, bike path, green space, dog park or park. Playgrounds are also off limits to dogs.
  • Dogs on a leash are allowed on the shoreline, including the Nun’s Island riverside park, but also on paths.
  • Dogs, on a leash or not, are not allowed inside the Domaine Saint-Paul (Boisé de L’Île-des-Sœurs).

Death of an animal

Il est interdit d’enterrer un animal dans un immeuble, sur un terrain public ou privé. Il faut déposer l’animal dans une boîte et contacter le bureau Accès Verdun au 311, pour qu’un employé municipal vienne ramasser la boîte laissée en bordure de la rue.