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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When a dog defecates in a park or on a boulevard, is the owner required to remove the faeces? 

Yes, the City of Nanaimo does have a faeces removal bylaw and persons in violation are liable to a fine of up to $50.00. 

Are there care standards for dogs?

Yes. There are regulations regarding confinement in vehicles, tethering and transporting dogs. 

Where do I obtain emergency veterinarian service?

There is one emergency veterinary clinic that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 6550 Metral Drive. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

Should pets be spayed or neutered? 

It is recommended that all animals be spayed or neutered for the well being of the animal and to prevent unwanted pets.

Should I have my dog on a leash? 

Yes, all dogs must be on a leash and under the control of a competent person when off their owner’s property. 

What is the most common problem with marine animals? 

Dead seals and sea lions can wash ashore. For removal, call the Animal Shelter 616-0233 or the Marine Mammal Incident Reporting Hotline at 1-800-465-4336. 

What do I do if I witness an animal being abused? 

Note all the circumstances, time, place, etc. and call the SPCA Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722. 

What is the most common problem with wildlife? 

Raccoons getting into garbage and deer destroying plants and trees. Raccoons are attracted to any food source. Keep garbage locked and removing any other food source can help keep raccoons away from your property. Deer can be kept out of your yard if it is fenced.

Who do I contact regarding dead animals? 

For removal of dead animals on all City streets, please call the Animal Shelter 616-0233. For removal of dead animals on the Parkway or Provincially controlled roadways, please call Emcon Services at 1-866-353-3136. 

Dog Licenses

Nanaimo Animal Shelter (City Pound) 1260 Nanaimo Lakes Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5P4

City of Nanaimo 411 Dunsmuir Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J6
8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday

Oliver Woods Community Centre 6000 Oliver Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T 6T6

Cruelty to Animals Contact

BC SPCA 154 Westwood Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 0G9

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: June 15, 2017

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