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Remains offers closure for pet owners

Opportunity to identify remains offers closure for pet owners 

In a joint program between The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services and Roads, the remains of cats and dogs killed on Calgary’s streets will be taken to the Animal Services Centre for identification. The goal of this program is to provide closure to pet owners by identifying the remains of cats and dogs killed on Calgary streets and notifying the pets’ owners. 

In the past, Roads has delivered the tags and collars of deceased cats and dogs to the Animal Services Centre for owner notification. Now, Roads will deliver the remains of any cat or dog killed on our streets to the Animal Services Centre. The Animal Services’ Health Technologists will search for a licence tag, readable microchip or legible tattoo and notify the owner.    

Calgarians who have lost a cat or dog are encouraged to check for their pet at the Animal Services Centre located at 2201 Portland Street S.E. during business hours. Information on deceased cats and dogs are listed on the impounded cats and impounded dogs web pages. The pages are updated every 15 minutes during regular business hours. To access information about where and when the animal was picked up, click inside the No Image frame.

Remains of cats and dogs with identification will be held for 10 days at the Animal Services Centre while remains without identification will be held for 4 days. If positive identification is made, the owner of the animal can either make arrangements for private cremation at their expense and keep the ashes or let Animal & Bylaw Services have the remains cremated without retention of the ashes at no cost to the owner. Animal & Bylaw Services will have all unclaimed pet remains cremated.

This program is specific to cats and dogs which have been killed on city streets. Citizens who discover animal remains on private property or pet owners whose pet passes away, may dispose of the remains at the East Calgary or Spyhill landfill sites or check with a veterinary clinic or the Calgary Humane Society regarding cremation. Calgary’s bylaws prohibit placing deceased animals in household waste and it is not recommended to bury the remains on private property.

Calgarians who discover dead animals on city streets or public property are encouraged to report them online or call 311 for pick-up.