The By-law Concerning Domestic Animals sets out rules of conduct and civic-mindedness meant to keep citizens safe and help humans and pets live together peacefully.
If you live in Montréal and own a cat or a dog, you need to obtain a license and to renew it yearly. When you obtain your license, you will receive a tag valid for the pet’s lifetime. The tag must be worn at all times by your cat (except if it is microchipped) or dog. The tag and the microchip are methods of identification that make it possible to contact you if your lost pet is found.
Number of pets allowed
- Up to four pets are allowed, including a maximum of three dogs.
- A foster family that houses pets in collaboration with a shelter may keep up to eight pets (cats and dogs), including a maximum of three dogs.
- A total of eight pets are allowed (among the allowed species), including the maximum permissible for dogs and cats.
- When a dog, cat or rabbit gives birth, the puppy, kitten or kit may be kept without a license for a maximum of three months. After this period, a license must be obtained for the cats and dogs. The limits cited above apply.
License for a dog or a cat
- Pet owners are required to obtain a license for their pet and to renew it yearly.
- The license becomes mandatory when the pet reaches three months of age, or within 15 days of the pet’s adoption or 15 days following the pet owner’s move to Montréal, with the longest period applying.
- You must be 16 years of age or older to apply for a license.
- You must inform the municipal authorities within 15 days if you move or are no longer the owner of your pet. In addition, you must notify the microchip supplier of any change within 15 days (if applicable).
Dog walker license
You must obtain a special dog walker license and have it with you to walk more than three dogs at a time. This license lets you walk a maximum of eight dogs at the same time.
Special license for potentially dangerous dogs
If you have a potentially dangerous dog, you must obtain a special license and be 18 or older to apply for the license.
Failure to comply with Montréal’s pet by-law may result in fines of up to $2,000.
Visiting Montréal with your pet
A license is not required to visit Montréal with your pet. You may bring your pet with you if:
- Your stay lasts no more than 30 days
- You have in your possession a valid license from your municipality as well as proof of residence. If a license is not required in your municipality, you must provide proof thereof.
It is prohibited to bring a dog to Montréal that has bitten or attacked a person or a pet in another city, or has attempted to do so.