Dogs Kobe and Lulu on the grass at a park

Pet ownership comes with many responsibilities.

Whether you are a pet owner, looking to adopt an animal, or curious about regulations, the City provides assistance with:

  • Dog licences
  • Animal care
  • Pet adoption and fostering
  • Local animal shelters

Our goal is to protect and safeguard the health of the community, while promoting responsible pet ownership.

Here you will find information about being a good "pet parent", how you can help other animals in the community, and who to talk to if you have questions or concerns.

Pets in Vancouver

Dog tags

Get a dog licence

Buy, renew, or cancel a dog licence, and replace a dog tag. Find out why having a dog licence helps keep your dog and other dogs safe.

Dog on bench with owner

Care for your pet

Get resources to care for your pets: advice to be a responsible pet owner, dog classes, off-leash dog areas, spay and neuter information, and pet emergency tips.

Adopt a pet in the City of Vancouver

Adopt a pet

Find out what pets you can adopt from Vancouver Animal Services and how our pet adoption process works.

Brown dog

Foster a dog

Care about dogs but can't adopt right now? Foster a dog while it waits to be adopted and make its life – and yours – better! Find out how you can help.

Volunteer your time by walking a dog

Donate and volunteer

Not everyone can be a pet owner, but everyone can be a pet lover. Find out how you can help Vancouver Animal Services take care of pets waiting for adoption.

A City of Vancouver animal control officer with a dog next to a van

Report a pet incident

If you or a pet animal is involved in an incident, including a dog bite or attack, find out how to report it to ensure everyone's safety.

Vancouver pound

Lost pets

Find information on what to do if you have lost a pet or found a stray pet in Vancouver.


Pet regulations and fines

Find information on the animal control bylaw, regulations, and fines for pets including backyard chickens, unlicensed dogs, and more.

The Animal Control Bylaw does not allow barking dogs to unduly (excessively) bother someone at any time of day.

Barking dogs

The Animal Control Bylaw does not allow barking dogs to excessively bother someone at any time of day. Learn how to report excessive barking to the City.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Find an off-leash dog park

Dogs running in a park

Check out Vancouver's off-leash dog parks and areas.

Off-leash dog areas

Report a barking dog

Barking dogs in the City

Take the right actions when you are disturbed by a barking dog.

Barking dogs

Get a dog licenceCare for your petAdopt a petFoster a dogDonate and volunteerLost petsReport a pet incidentPet regulations and fines