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Animal Control

Lifetime Dog Tags

Lifetime dog tags are available at all waste transfer sites or the Trent Lakes Municipal Office during normal business hours.

Small Animal Control

No person shall permit a dog to run at large or that person shall be liable to a fine plus any applicable pound fees for maintaining the dog before it is recovered by the owner.

Peterborough Humane Society Website

The Peterborough Humane Society has been contracted by the Municipality of Trent Lakes to provide animal control and pound services.

If you encounter a loose dog in your neighbourhood, you should first contain the dog and put a leash on it if you can, and call the Peterborough Humane Society

To Report Dogs at Large: 705-745-4722 ext 204
For After Hours: 705-745-4722 ext 656
For General Inquires: 705-745-4722 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday

Dogs must be licensed in the Municipality with either a current municipal dog tag or a current dog tag issued from the dog’s area of permanent residence.

Dog and Kennel Control By-laws

If you are a dog owner please review the following By-laws

In accordance with By-Law B2018-079, Sec. 4.2, dogs are not permitted on any public beaches in the Municipality.  Please respect the rights of others and be a responsible owner by leaving your pets at home when you are visiting these areas.

Lifetime Dog Tags

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has amended By-law B2018-079 Licensing of Dogs and Kennel Operations with by-law B2019-120 to amend S.3. Licensing which has changed annual dog tags to lifetime dog tags.  The lifetime dog tags will be renewed annually by sending an invoice to the registered property owner and will only remain valid as long as the annual renewal fee is paid. Lifetime dog tags are available at Municipal office, 760 Peterborough County Road 36, and all waste transfer stations during their normal business hours or can be obtained by completing our Fillable Form.

Price before March 31st: $25.00/each
Price after March 31st: $30.00/each

Every attempt is made to locate an owner and return a lost dog to its home so please ensure that all licence and/or ID tags are up to date. Remember, a dog must be licensed and you will be considered liable.


Currently, cats are deemed feral animals and as such are not required to be licensed.

Clean Up after Your Dog

In accordance with By-Law B2018-079, S. 2.1 it is an offence for anyone to allow a dog to deposit waste (feces) on private property or property of the municipality unless that person without leaving the scene picks up the waste and disposes of it in a proper manner.

Rabies Clinics

You can find information on local rabies clinics through your local vet or Peterborough Public Health. Low-cost Rabies Clinics for the Peterborough County  area are usually held each spring and sponsored by Peterborough Public Health and local veterinarians.  Trent Lakes makes every effort to advertise the local clinics on our Notices webpage, Facebook and Twitter in addition to posters at our Waste Transfer Stations. Please consult with your veterinarian if the annual clinics are suitable for your pet or if a veterinarian multi-year shot is better for you and your pet.

Rabies Awareness

If you believe an animal does have rabies you can call the rabies hotline at 1-888-574-6656. For information regarding rabies please visit the Rabies in Wildlife provincial website.

Report a rabid animal in the wild.

If you suspect a wild animal may have rabies:

  • if humans have been exposed, report the incident to your local health unit, doctor or local emergency department
  • if a domestic animal has been exposed, call your veterinarian
  • if you’re a veterinarian and need help assessing whether an animal has been exposed to rabies, call the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300
  • if neither a human nor an animal has been exposed, call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Rabies Information Line at 1-888-574-6656

Livestock Valuers

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides financial assistance to farmers whose livestock, poultry or honey bees have been damaged or killed by wildlife.

The Livestock, Poultry and Honey Bee Protection Act – R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER L.24 provides that the Council of a municipality shall appoint one or more persons as valuers of livestock and poultry.  For livestock damages or loss you must contact the Municipal office within 48 hours of the discovery.

Farmers must have a valid Farm Business Registration (FBR) Number and Premises Identification (PID) Number to be eligible for the program. Call 1-866-327-3678 for information about obtaining an FBR number. Call 1-877-424-1300 about obtaining a PID Number.

Wildlife Concerns

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has resources available to help you with coyote and other wildlife concerns. For more information visit Ontario’s Wildlife and Nature website.

Protect Your Dog from Wildlife Traps

It’s an offense under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997  for a dog owner in Ontario to allow their dog to run at large in an area usually occupied by game wildlife, such as forested lands and woodlots.

Licensed trapping activities take place within the Municipality of Trent Lakes. Trapping generally takes place during the winter season on Crown lands, Provincial Parks and private lands within the municipality. Legal trap lines could be located short distance from trail pathways. Protect your dog not being injured or killed by legal traps by keeping them under the control of a leash, on trail and never permitted to run at large.

Licensed trappers, with the proper authority, are allowed to trap:

  • wildlife on:
    • Crown land, which is regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)
    • conservation reserves and some provincial parks (regulated by MNRF)
    • private land, controlled by landowners and municipalities
  • 23 species of fur bearing mammals including beaver, muskrat, raccoon, striped skunk, fox, coyote, wolf, marten, fisher, in addition to others and many inhabiting Trent Lakes.

Farmers can set traps on their own land without a licence.

Bear Problems

If you’re having a bear problem please click here for information from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Emergency encounters: Call 911 or local police if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Non-emergency encounters call the Bear Wise reporting line: 1-866-514-2327 (April 1st to November 30)

If a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

For more information on Legal Trapping or Bears please contact the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Information Centre
300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 8M5
Tel: 1-800-667-1940