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Animal Shelter

Parkland County’s Bylaw Services department consists of one Bylaw Services Supervisor, 5 Bylaw Officers (CPO IIs), one Bylaw Services Clerk, and one Shelter Keeper.  Bylaw enforcement is provided to the residents of Parkland County and the Village of Spring Lake via Parkland County's Bylaw Services department.  While Parkland County provides sheltering services to the Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Onoway, and the Summer Village of Alberta Beach, Parkland County Bylaw Services does not provide enforcement in these municipalities.

If you have any bylaw concerns or complaints within Parkland County, please contact Community and Protective Services at 780-968-8400 or email askanimalcontrol@parklandcounty.com .

If you have any bylaw concerns or complaints within the Town of Stony Plain, please contact Stony Plain Enforcement Services at 780-963-8650.

If you have any bylaw concerns or complaints within the City of Spruce Grove, please contact Spruce Grove Enforcement Services at 780-962-7585.

Animal Control Duties & Functions

  • Respond to and investigate dog complaints
  • Investigate development & control matters (relating to animals)
  • Ensure public awareness and enforcement of all County bylaws including the Animal Control Bylaw 2015-09

General Patrols of Parkland County

  • Issue dog licenses
  • Provide information to the public regarding animal safety and education
  • Provide care for animals within the shelter
  • Provide assistance to emergency response agencies where animal matters are involved
  • Facilitate animal adoptions
  • Assist ASPCA and other agencies
  • Enforce Animal Protection Act and Dangerous Dogs Act

Animal Shelter

Parkland County provides shelter services to animals found within Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Spring Lake, Onoway, Alberta Beach, and Parkland County. The animals in the shelter are either waiting to be claimed by their owners or are available for adoption.  All dogs must pass a behavior evaluation prior to being listed as "Available for Adoption". 

Visit the Parkland County Animal Shelter Facebook page to view the animals currently waiting to be claimed or adopted.

For more information on the animals at our shelter, please contact Community and Protective Services at 780-968-8400 or visit the Animal Shelter at the North End of the Parkland County Services Building between Highways 16 & 16A.

Animal Shelter Hours:

Monday and Tuesday:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday:  8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday:  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Statutory Holidays
Shelter will be closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 daily
*Revised Shelter hours are effective January 4, 2010, and are subject to change without notice*

If your pet is not on our Facebook page, please visit the Pet Lynx website to see if your pet has been found and registered by another individual or agency. You may also consider posting a lost pet report on Pet Lynx to ensure as many agencies and individuals as possible have access to the information regarding your pet. Pet Lynx can also assist you with creating "lost pet" posters for you to post and circulate around your neighbourhood, local vet clinics, pet stores, and animal shelters.

Protection Under "The Animal Protection Act"

If you suspect an animal in Parkland County is in danger from being left outside too long without the proper shelter, food or water, please contact Community and Protective Services at 780-968-8400.

Endangering an animal by leaving them unprotected from the elements and can result is serious charges and fines under The Animal Protection Act of Alberta, A-41 RSA 2000. 

Excerpts from The Animal Protection Act of Alberta, A-41 RSA 2000:

This Act makes it an offence to cause or permit an animal to be or to continue to be in distress.
(2)  For the purposes of this Act, an animal is in distress if it is:
      (a)  Deprived of adequate shelter, ventilation, space, food, water or veterinary care or reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold.
      (b)  Injured, sick, in pain or suffering, or
      (c)  Abused or subjected to undue hardship, privation or neglect.

Prohibition against causing distress:
2(1)  No person shall cause or permit an animal of which the person is the owner or the person in charge to be or to continue to be in distress.
(1.1) No person shall cause an animal to be in distress.
(2)   This section does not apply if the distress results from an activity carried on in accordance with the regulations or in accordance with reasonable and generally accepted practices of animal care, management, husbandry, hunting, fishing, trapping, pest control or slaughter.

12(1)  A person who contravenes this Act or the regulation is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $20,000.
(2)     If the owner of an animal is found guilty of an offence under Section 2, the Court may make an order restraining the owner from continuing to have custody of an animal for a period of time specified by the Court.
(3)     The Court may make an order under subsection (2) on any terms and conditions it considers appropriate.