Animals in the City

Animals in Nanaimo, such as dogs and livestock, are regulated by the Licencing and Control of Animals Bylaw. You can find the fines, impound fees and offences related to animals in the bylaw as well.

If you need a licence for your dog, see Getting a Dog Licence.

Nanaimo has a number of Off-Leash Dog Parks to enjoy. 

Nanaimo Animal Control

Located at 1260 Nanaimo Lakes Road, the Nanaimo Animal Control officers enforce the Animal Control Bylaw as well as operate the Pound & Adoption Centre for the City of Nanaimo.

To report an incident occurring in the City of Nanaimo please call 250-616-0233.  For after hours emergencies listen to the recorded message for instructions

For animal control in the Regional District of Nanaimo please call Coastal Animal Services at 1-888-754-1397

For more information regarding animals within the City of Nanaimo, please visit their website at Nanaimo Animal Control

Frequently Asked Questions

Chickens/Ducks how many am I allowed to have on my property?? And info
When a dog defecates in a park or on a boulevard, is the owner required to remove the feces?
Are there care standards for dogs and other animals?
Where do I obtain emergency veterinarian service?
What do I do if I witness an animal being abused?
Who do I contact regarding dead animals?
Should pets be spayed or neutered?
Should I have my dog on a leash?
What is the most common problem with marine animals?
What is the most common problem with wildlife?

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Cruelty to Animals Contact

BC SPCA Cruelty Hotline

Barking Complaints Contact

Bylaw, Regulation and Security Division 250-755-4422
250-755-4432 (Fax)

Wild Animals Contacts

Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection 2080A Labieux Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia
250-751-3100 or 1-800-663-9453 (Emergency Only)

Fisheries and Oceans Fisheries Research Branch, Pacific Biological Station 3190 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo RCMP Detachment 303 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia
250-754-2345 (Non-Emergency)

Last updated: December 10, 2019

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