Animal Control

Town of Antigonish Animal Control Services responds to dog related public safety and nuisance issues, in acordance with the Animal Control By-law. Enforcement and public education are performed by the Town of Antigonish Animal Control Officer which provides important dog related services, such as licensing and sheltering dogs impounded under the Town of Antigonish Animal Control Bylaw. Animal Control works closely with the local SPCA who works through adoptions to find new homes for impounded dogs that have not been claimed by their owners.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (excluding Holidays)

Animal Control Services

  • We reunite dogs with owners.
  • We license dogs residing in the Town of Antigonish.
  • We enforce the Town of Antigonish Animal Control Bylaw.
  • We investigate citizen complaints regarding dogs.
  • We help neighbors resolve animal-related issues.
  • We shelter and care for dogs impounded under the Town of Antigonish Animal Control Bylaw up to 5 days and if not claimed turned over to the local SPCA to find new homes.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I license my dog?

The owner of any dog shall register such dog with the Town of Antigonish located at 274 Main Street or Happy Dogs located at 41 Adams Street. The fee for such registration will be $25.00 for the life of the dog; a dog tag will be issued upon receipt of the fee.

How do I find my lost dog?

The owner of a lost dog can contact the following;

  • Town of Antigonish Animal Control, 863-2351 Ext 235
  • Antigonish SPCA, 863-2111
  • Antigonish Veterinary Clinic, 863-3157
  • Nova Scotia Lost Dog Network, http://ns.lostdognetwork.com/
  • Media: 98.9 Nothing but Hits 863-4580, and 101.5 the Hawk (902)625-1220

How do I register a dog complaint?

There are many ways to contact the Town to register a complaint. You may contact the Animal Control 863-2351 Ext. 235, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our Report a Concern page, under our Services tab, for more information on how to file a Concerned Citizen Report. 

How do I report a stray dog?

To report a stray dog, you may contact any of the following:

  • Town of Antigonish Animal Control 863-2351 Ext. 235, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Antigonish SPCA 863-2111
  • Media: 98.9 Nothing but Hits 863-4580, and 101.5 the Hawk (902)625-1220

How do I retrieve my dog from Animal Control Services?

To retrieve a stray dog, please contact Town of Antigonish Animal Control 863-2351 Ext. 235, or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What are my responsibilities as a Dog Owners?

Dog owners must keep their dogs under effective restraint or control at all times and specifically this shall mean that the following conditions must always apply: a dog must be tied in such a way that it cannot leave the owner’s premises; or a dog may be restrained through the use of caging or fencing so that the dog cannot leave the owner’s premises; or a dog shall only be permitted to leave the owner’s premises when it is leashed and under the effective control of a responsible person. It shall be an offence under the Town of Antigonish Animal Control By-Law for the owner of any dog to allow such dog to; run at large; create a disturbance by barking or howling; not be registered and accordance with the Town of Antigonish Animal Control By-Law; attack someone or damage or destroy someone’s property; Defecate anywhere accept on the owner’s premises and not cause such defecation to be removed immediately.

Contact Animal Services

for more information on Animal Control Services, or to inform the Town of animal control-related matters, please contact the Department of Corporate Services. 

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Get in Touch

Town of Antigonish
274 Main Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada B2G 2C4

Phone: (902) 863-2351
Fax: (902) 863-0460 / (902) 863-9201

Town Hall hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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