Cat Ownership

As a responsible cat owner in Halifax, you should help your cat stay on the right side of the law. Halifax’s Animal By-law A-700 [PDF]  sets the following rules for humans.

You must: 

  • keep your cat(s) from damaging public or private property
  • pick up after your cats if they defecate on any property other than yours (where they defecate on your property is your business) 
  • prevent your cats from attacking any person or other animal


Cat owners found to be in violation of the bylaw may:

If you’re found to be in violation of the bylaw, you could face one or more of the following penalties:

  • be issued a warning notice by a Compliance Officer
  • be issued a Summary Offense Ticket of $237.50 or greater by a Compliance Officer
  • face prosecution in a court of law

Troubles with a cat in your neighbourhood?

If you’re experiencing a problem or issue with a cat in your neighbourhood covered in the Halifax’s Animal By-law A-700 [PDF] , the first step is to talk to the owner, who may not be aware that their pet is being disruptive. 

If the issue persists, you can register a complaint by contacting 311.

Abandoned or problem cat colony?

Looking for information on the Trap Spay/Neuter Return program?

Contact the SPCA 902.835.4798