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Pets and Wildlife

Licensing Your Pet

We do everything we can to return lost pets to their families.  Licensed pets, however, have a much better chance of being returned to their owners. If a dog  or cat is not wearing a license it makes it very difficult to locate the owner.  If no one claims the dog or cat within 72 hours the animal becomes eligible for adoption to a new, caring family. 

Lethbridge Animal She​lter and Lethbridge Pets

The City of Lethbridge contracts Community Animal Services to operate the Lethbridge Animal Shelter.

Community Animal Services provides animal control, bylaw enforcement, and shelter management. Their team strives to create and maintain communities that are safe and clean for both people and pets. The Lethbridge Animal Shelter provides care to found stray cats and dogs and facilitates the adoption of pets that go unclaimed. 

Through partnerships with rescue groups and like-minded community organizations, they act as a hub for responsible pet ownership education, community support programs, and public services.

Phone: 403-320-4099
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5W3
403 320 4099
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays​​ 

Concerns about barking dogs, aggressive dogs, the removal of a deceased do​g or cat, or lost, injured or stray animals can also be directed to the Lethbridge Animal Shelter.​

For cases of animal neglect or abuse, please call the Alberta SPCA at 1 800 455 9003 or click here for​ ​more information. ​

Leth​bridge Wildlife and the Nature Centre​

Lethbridge is home to many interesting animals that you may encounter while living here.  It is not uncommon to see deer, porcupines, skunks, marmots and western painted turtles!   A variety of seasonal birds including pelicans and brown thrashers, complement the year-round resident birds.  Throughout the year Lethbridge is home to more than 300 species of birds!  To learn more about Lethbridge's wild things visit the Helen Schuler Nature Centre's website

Concerns about wildlife such as coyotes and deer can be directed to Alberta Fish and Wildlife at: 403 381 5266

Animal Welfare Committee

The Animal Welfare Committee acts as an advisory committee to City Council on issues relating to animal welfare in the City of Lethbridge.  They also oversee two grants: