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How to properly dispose of animals

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Small animal carcasses and pet remains

Put small animal carcasses (e.g. birds, mice, fish, rabbits) in your green cart for composting.

For pet remains, The Calgary Humane Society and many private companies provide animal cremation services. Otherwise, take your pet remains to a City landfill. Staff will help with disposal if requested.

Large animal carcasses

Take large carcasses or parts (e.g. deer, moose, elk, sheep) to a City landfill for disposal.

Tell scale-house staff what you have. They will give you directions to the designated disposal area.

Cattle carcasses

Take cattle carcasses or parts to a City landfill for disposal. Landfill locations listed below.

Please note the following parts are not accepted:

  • Skull
  • Brain
  • Trigeminal ganglia (nerves attached to the brain),
  • Eyes
  • Tonsils
  • Spinal cord
  • Dorsal root ganglia (nerves attached to the spinal cord) from cattle aged 30 months or older
  • Distal ileum (portion of the small intestine) from cattle of all ages

Contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at 1-800-442-2342 for information on disposing these parts.



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