The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law contains the regulations pertaining to cats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I let my cat run loose?
- It is illegal under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law to let your cat roam your neighbourhood. When you let your cat roam, you place it at risk. Almost 500 cats a year are found deceased on, or adjacent to roadways in Winnipeg. Roaming cats also impact your neighbours and wildlife. Learn more about ways to provide enrichment for your cat, while keeping it safe.
What does 'running at large' mean?
- Running at large means that the cat is not:
- on its owner's property;
- on other property with the consent of the owner or occupant;
- securely confined in a vehicle or other enclosure; or
- securely leashed and in the custody of someone able to control it.
- Letting your pet run loose puts them and the community in danger and contributes to the already explosive pet population in Winnipeg.
Is there a fine if my cat is found running at large?
- Yes - please refer to the Animal Services Fine Listing.
Can I bring a stray cat to the Animal Services Agency building on Logan Avenue?
- No - the Animal Services Agency does not have facilities for kennelling stray cats. Contact the Winnipeg Humane Society at 204-982-2025. The Humane Society requires that you call ahead to make an appointment to drop off a stray cat.
Can you stop my neighbour from feeding the stray cats?
- No - there is no by-law against the feeding of stray cats.
What if I don't want to sterilize my cat?
- If you do not wish to have your cat spayed or neutered, you must ensure that you have a valid unsterilized (intact) cat license for your cat. See Cat Licensing details.
My cat is an indoor cat. Why do I have to sterilize it?
- The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law states that all cats over the age of six months must be sterilized, unless a valid license for an unsterilized cat has been issued for the cat.
I can't afford to get my cat fixed. What should I do?
- Low income families living in Winnipeg can apply for the Winnipeg Humane Society's SNAP program to get their cat spayed or neutered. Call 204-888-SNAP (7627) to see if you qualify. You will be required to provide proof of household income (most current income tax information for all occupants) or proof of social assistance in order to participate in SNAP.
My cat is stuck in a tree. Can Animal Services come and get it down for me?
- No, the Animal Services is not able to respond to calls to get cats out of trees.
Last update: June 11, 2021