Calgarians’ input wanted to prioritize safety through positive pet interactions in bylaw review

The City of Calgary is continuing the review of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw by seeking input from Calgarians on potential bylaw changes and other considerations they may have in a second phase of engagement.Areas of focus in this phase were chosen because of feedback from Calgarians and City employees, including community peace officers, in the initial phase of engagement.

"Safety and positive interactions between pets and the public are important to The City of Calgary," says Jennifer Lawlor, Business Strategist, Calgary Community Standards. "We have completed research and are analyzing the data to look for opportunities to improve safety. We are seeking further input from Calgarians and examining best practices in other municipalities to create recommendations that best support prioritized safety and encourage positive relationships between people and pets.”

Calgarians can participate in an online survey starting today until September 17, 2020. Public information sessions will also be facilitated online on September 8 and 12.

Feedback provided by Calgarians will be used to inform potential Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw amendments for Council’s consideration and proposed administrative changes.

For more information or to participate in the information sessions and survey, visit

Background information

In the initial phase of engagement for the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw Review, public feedback was collected in-person and online between February 26 and May 27, 2020. Engagement participants included industry stakeholders, City of Calgary staff, pet owners and more, who provided a wide range of input into topics including: urban wildlife, feral, stray and roaming Cats, urban agriculture, vicious dogs, licensing, administration and on responsible pet ownership.

Research findings and input provided by the public, City staff and targeted stakeholders in phase one of engagement can be found at