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Cat traps

Updated January 14, 2016

Cat traps humanely catch cats roaming off their owner’s property. Trapped cats are then brought into the Animal Services Centre to be impounded for violating the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. If a cat is frequently coming onto your property and talking to the cat’s owner has not resolved the issue, you may consider using a cat trap (either borrowed from Animal & Bylaw Services or your own cat trap that has been approved by a peace officer).

If you do not want to use a cat trap and instead wish to register a cat complaint, please call 3-1-1 or register a cat complaint.

You can borrow a cat trap from Animal & Bylaw Services

To borrow a cat trap from Animal & Bylaw Services:
  • Call 3-1-1 to put your name on a list to reserve a cat trap.
  • When a cat trap is available, Animal & Bylaw Services will contact you.
  • You can pick up the cat trap from the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. You will need to provide a $120 refundable deposit to borrow the cat trap.

Please note: During the winter months, Animal Services does not rent out cat traps.

You can use your own cat trap if it is approved

If you own a cat trap, it must be inspected and approved by a peace officer assigned to the Animal Control Unit before it can be used. Call 3-1-1 to arrange this inspection. Cats brought in to the Animal Services Centre in traps that have not been approved will not be accepted.

Cat trap regulations

Regardless of whether you use your own cat trap or one borrowed from Animal & Bylaw Services, the use of cat traps is subject to a number of regulations. Some of these regulations include:

  • The cat trap must be set in a sheltered and/or shaded area and cannot be set when the temperature is below 0◦C or above 25◦C.
  • You must feed, water and care for the trapped cat. This includes taking the cat to a veterinary clinic if he appears sick or injured.
  • You must check the trap regularly.
  • You must attend Provincial Court as a witness to testify under oath if the owner of a cat is prosecuted and enters a “Not Guilty” plea.

Before trapping a cat, an agreement must be signed stating that the regulations are understood and will be followed. A Bylaw Enforcement Officer may enter your property to ensure these regulations are complied with. Please call 3-1-1 for more information on cat trap regulations.

Bring trapped cats to the Animal Services Centre

Trapped cat traps must be brought to the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. within 24 hours. The cat will be impounded at the Animal Services Centre.

If the owner's name and address are known, Animal & Bylaw Services will contact the owner, inform them that their cat has been impounded and explain to the owner how to claim their cat.

Hold periods for impounded cats

Impounded cats with identification, such as a licence tag, a legible tattoo or a microchip with up-to-date information, are held for ten (10) days. Impounded cats without identification are held for four (4) days. If these cats are not claimed by their owners within this time, they undergo health and behavioural assessments. Cats that are deemed adoptable will then become available for adoption by the public.