THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 

Dangerous dogs, chained dogs, puppy mills, stray cats, feral rabbits...these are common animal issues British Columbians encounter in our communities every day.

Your municipal council has the power to help solve these problems through their animal bylaws. That's why they need to know that they have your support and your vote if they are willing to enact bylaws that create safe, humane communities for animal guardians and others. 

The BC SPCA's 2007 review of animal bylaws in 43 B.C. municipalities found them to be generally inadequate to create safe, humane communities, although some progressive bylaws had been enacted in a few communities. The 2015 review demonstrated a number of significant changes across the province, though there is still more to be done.

In 2015, the BC SPCA updated a set of Model Animal Responsibility Bylaws, which provides municipalities with easy-to-adopt bylaws, based mainly on existing successful legislation from throughout BC and across Canada. Read a summary of our 2015 B.C. muncipal bylaw review.

Success! Approved Bylaws 

Around B.C., many municipalities are stepping up and adopting progressive bylaws that solve animal problems in their communities.

The mayor and council in these communities deserve credit for their proactive approach, so please show them your thanks!  This will go a long way towards ensuring your council continues to support animal-friendly policies.

 

Bylaws passed

Date

Nanaimo
  • Restrictions around tethering
  • Restrictions around temperature in vehicle
  • Restrictions around containment in the back of pick up trucks
June 2015
Esquimalt
  • Restrictions around tethering
  • Provision preventing abandonment
  • Pet store regulations (including mandatory spay/neuter of rabbits)
April 2015
Dawson Creek
  • Bylaws promoting spay/neuter and pet ID
March 2015
Victoria
  • Restrictions around tethering
  • Restrictions to ensure humane muzzle used for dangerous dogs
May 2014
North Saanich
  • Prescriptive list for care of animals
  • Restrictions around tethering
  • Restrictions around leaving dogs in vehicles (hot or cold temperatures)
Spring 2014
Sidney
  • Restrictions around tethering
Spring 2014
Regional District of Central Okanagan
  • Restrictions around tethering
  • Restrictions around leaving dogs in vehicles (hot or cold temperatures)
Winter 2013

Surrey

  • Restrictions around tethering
Winter 2013
Capital Regional District
  • Basic animal care requirements
  • Restrictions around tethering
Fall 2013
Maple Ridge
  • Adopted basic animal care requirements

  • Avoided breed specific legislation

  • Introduced stringent pet store restrictions, including mandatory spay/neuter of all animals sold 

December 2012
Victoria
  • Rabbit sale regulation

  • Basic animal care requirements

  • Tethered dogs

  • Dangerous dog prevention
August 2011
Saanich
  • Spay/neuter requirement for rabbits sold from pet stores

  • Prohibition on rabbit abandonment

  • Prohibitions on feeding feral rabbits and deer

March 2011
Pemberton
  • Food, water & care requirements for dogs 

  • A ban on dog tethering

  • Bans on unrestrained dogs in pick-ups and pets left in hot cars

  • Bans on wild and exotic animals

March 2011

Delta

  • New dangerous dog bylaws that eliminate breed-banning

  • A ban on dog tethering

  • Bans on unrestrained dogs in pick-ups and pets left in hot cars

November 2010

Coquitlam

  • Spay/neuter requirement for rabbits sold from pet stores

July 2010

New Westminster

  • Prohibition on the sale of rabbits from pet stores

May 2010

District of North Vancouver

  • Spay/neuter requirement for rabbits sold from pet stores

May 2010

Courtenay

  • Provided a $5000 grant to assist low-income residents spay/neuter their pets

April 2010

Richmond

  • Prohibition on the sale of rabbits and puppies from pet stores

March and October 2010, respectively

Sechelt

  • New animal care requirements for animal guardians

February 2010

Creston

  • Cat licensing

May 2009

Kelowna

  • Spay/neuter requirement for rabbits sold from pet stores and other rabbit regulations

November 2008

 
Your gift to the BC SPCA Monty Fund for Community Education and Outreach will help to improve the future of animal welfare through education and a focus on prevention. Your support will help us to provide resources to the community and various levels of government to reach our long-term goal of eradicating pet-overpopulation, abuse and neglect - making our province a better place for animals and us. Please donate today.

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