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Animal Control

The Lincoln County Humane Society proudly serves the municipalities of:

St. Catharines

Niagara Region Animal Services (NRAS) provides full animal control and humane services for the City of St. Catharines and has provided such service since 2016.

NRAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) and contracts the use of buildings, equipment and staff owned by the LCHS. NRAS, a for-profit corporation, has one client: the City of St. Catharines. The LCHS provided animal control and humane services for the City since the 1960’s.

NRAS provides enforcement of several City of St. Catharines by-laws. A complete list can be found here: https://stcatharines.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/795/

Injured/sick animals

NRAS is responsible for picking up injured or sick wild or domestic, unowned animals within St. Catharines. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are aware of an injured or sick animal, please call the shelter at 905-682-0767, extension one.

Additional Services Provided

NRAS provides the following services for the City of St. Catharines:

  • animal bite investigations and prevention education
  • animal sheltering
  • animal waste complaints
  • barking dogs and animal noise
  • humane education
  • keeping more animals than permitted
  • keeping prohibited animal species
  • off leash dogs
  • stray animal pickup and impoundment
  • vicious dogs
  • removal of deceased animals

NOTE: we request that callers provide as much detail as possible when calling the shelter with complaints, including animal owner information and license plate numbers, where applicable.

For concerns about coyotes, please contact Coyote Watch Canada.

Dog licencing

Dog licensing services are not provided by NRAS. Licensing is handled by Docupet which is managed directly by the city.

Please direct any inquiries to: .

Dog licenses can be purchased here: https://stcatharines.docupet.com/en_CA/

NRAS provides enforcement regarding dog licensing. Under St. Catharines By-law 95-302, all dogs are required to be licenced (to a maximum allowable ownership limit of 3 dogs per residence).

Penalties for failing to licence a dog are $110, per dog.

Thorold

The Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) provides full animal control and humane services for the City of Thorold.

LCHS is responsible for picking up injured or sick wild or domestic, unowned animals within Thorold. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are aware of an injured or sick animal, please call the shelter at 905-682-0767, extension one.

Additional Services Provided

LCHS provides the following services for the City of Thorold:

  • animal bite investigations and prevention education
  • animal sheltering
  • animal waste complaints
  • barking dogs and animal noise
  • humane education
  • keeping more animals than permitted
  • keeping prohibited animal species
  • off leash dogs
  • stray animal pickup and impoundment
  • dangerous dogs
  • removal of deceased animals

Please review By-law 79–2017 for full details regarding our enforcement responsibilities.

NOTE: we request that callers provide as much detail as possible when calling the shelter with complaints, including animal owner information and license plate numbers, where applicable.

For concerns about coyotes, please contact Coyote Watch Canada.

Dog licencing

Dog licensing services are not provided by LCHS. Licensing is handled by Docupet which is managed directly by the city: https://www.thorold.ca/en/business-services/dog-licences.aspx.

Please direct any inquiries to: 1-855-249-1370

Dog licenses can be purchased here: https://thorold.docupet.com/en_CA/licensing.

LCHS provides enforcement regarding dog licensing. Under Thorold By-law 79-2017, all dogs are required to be licenced (to a maximum allowable ownership limit of 3 dogs per residence).

Penalties for failing to licence a dog are $100, per dog.

Grimsby

The Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) provides full animal control and humane services for the Town of Grimsby.

LCHS is responsible for picking up injured or sick wild or domestic, unowned animals within Grimsby. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are aware of an injured or sick animal, please call the shelter at 905-682-0767, extension one.

Additional Services Provided

LCHS provides the following services for the Town of Grimsby:

  • animal bite investigations and prevention education
  • animal sheltering
  • animal waste complaints
  • barking dogs and animal noise
  • humane education
  • keeping more animals than permitted
  • keeping prohibited animal species
  • off leash dogs
  • stray animal pickup and impoundment
  • dangerous dogs
  • removal of deceased animals

Please review By-law 10-06 for full details regarding our enforcement responsibilities.

NOTE: we request that callers provide as much detail as possible when calling the shelter with complaints, including animal owner information and license plate numbers, where applicable.

For concerns about coyotes, please contact Coyote Watch Canada.

Dog licencing

Dog licensing services are not provided by LCHS. Licensing is handled by directly by the Town: https://www.grimsby.ca/en/town-hall/pet-regulations-and-licences.aspx.

Please direct any inquiries to: 1-905-945-9634

Dog licenses can be purchased at Town Hall.

LCHS provides enforcement regarding dog licensing. Under Town of Grimsby By-law 10-06, all dogs are required to be licenced (to a maximum allowable ownership limit of 3 dogs per residence).

Penalties for failing to licence a dog are $100, per dog.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) provides full animal control and humane services for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

LCHS is responsible for picking up injured or sick wild or domestic, unowned animals within Niagara-on-the-Lake. This service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

If you are aware of an injured or sick animal, please call the shelter at 905-682-0767, extension one.

Additional Services

LCHS provides the following services for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake:

  • animal bite investigations and prevention education
  • animal sheltering
  • animal waste complaints
  • barking dogs and animal noise
  • humane education
  • keeping more animals than permitted
  • keeping prohibited animal species
  • off leash dogs
  • stray animal pickup and impoundment
  • dangerous dogs
  • removal of deceased animals

Please review By-law 4512-11 for full details regarding our enforcement responsibilities.

NOTE: we request that callers provide as much detail as possible when calling the shelter with complaints, including animal owner information and license plate numbers, where applicable.

For concerns about coyotes, please contact Coyote Watch Canada.

Dog licencing

Dog licensing services are not provided by LCHS. Licensing is handled by directly by the Town: https://www.notl.com/town-services/animal-care-control/dog-licences.

Please direct any inquiries to: 905-468-3266

Dog licenses can be purchased at Town Hall.

LCHS provides enforcement regarding dog licensing. Under https://notl.civicweb.net/document/7407/, all dogs are required to be licenced (to a maximum allowable ownership limit of 3 dogs per residence).

Penalties for failing to licence a dog are $100, per dog.

Fort Erie

On June 1, 2022 the LCHS began providing Fort Erie residents Animal Control, Humane and Licencing Services.

While a new licencing system is being developed, we ask those looking to purchase a dog licence to email their name, address, phone number and dog details to .

Once the new system is implemented, we will be in touch. Following your email you will receive an auto-reply that will allow you a delay in purchasing your licence.

Please stay tuned to this website for updates that will be coming soon.

Animal abuse and neglect

All complaints regarding animal abuse, neglect or owned animals in distress must be directed to the province of Ontario’s Animal Welfare Centre at 1-833-926-4625.

Other jurisdictions in Niagara

For all animal control, humane services (injured or sick animals) or dog licensing in the remaining jurisdictions within Niagara please call the Niagara SPCA at 735-1552

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