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Off-Leash Ambassador program

The Off-Leash Ambassador program is a volunteer-led approach to educate citizens about responsible pet ownership and to ensure safety in off-leash areas. The program was launched in 2013 as part of our commitment to work with and support Calgarians to comply with the bylaws in our 150 off-leash areas. Our Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, for example, requires dog owners to remove dog waste and to keep their dog under control at all times for everyone’s safety.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not actively recruiting volunteers to participate in the Off-Leash Ambassador program for the 2020 season. Please check back for updates on volunteer recruitment and orientations in 2021.

Volunteer in the Off-Leash Ambassador program:

  • act as positive role models, promoting responsible pet ownership, positive pet interactions and safety in our off-leash parks and at community events
  • answer questions about Calgary’s bylaws in off-leash areas
  • provide an avenue for citizens to share their concerns with City staff
  • promote City services such as animal adoption and licensing

New volunteers receive an orientation and training program that includes a review of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw and an animal behaviour and safety session from a certified professional dog trainer.


Off-Leash Ambassador program

Off-Leash Volunteers - Report to Calglarians​​​