The Municipality of Meaford now has a Municipal Law Enforcement Officer on staff to provide regulation, enforce animal (dog) control licencing, and contain dogs at large during regular business hours. For these services please contact the Municipal Law Enforcement Officer:
Emergency after hours - response is provided through the OPP directive. For aggressive dogs and public safety concerns related to aggression of dogs, please call 1-888-310-1122. If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
To report a dog bite please contact both of the following two authorities:
Ontario Provincial Police: 1-888-310-1122 and
Grey Bruce Health Unit: 519-376-9420
To report animal cruelty please contact the OSPCA:
1-888-668-7722 extension 327
To report animals left in hot cars please contact:
Ontario Provincial Police: 1-888-310-1122
For rabies and distemper behaviour please see the following documents:
Rabies Information (143.84 kB)
Distemper Information (184.82 kB)
For an animal that is suspected to have rabies and/or distemper please call Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Owen Sound 519-376-3860 and as well as the Canada Food Agency 226-217-8423.
See the MNR website for more information.
Note: For removal of raccoons, please contact a private animal control agency. If you feel that there is a safety concern with the raccoon due to distemper or rabies, call the OPP at
Every owner shall obtain a Municipal tag for every calendar year by March 31st at a discounted price, fee is regular price if received after March 31st.
That no person shall use a dog tag for a dog other than the dog for which the dog tag was issued;
That no more than three (3) dogs permitted per residence;
If more than three (3) dogs, a kennel licence may be permitted for a “personal use kennel” in accordance to the provisions of the by-law. A “personal use kennel” is defined as, dogs which are kept for show purposes only or personal enjoyment, or for predator control;
If more than three (3) dogs (for commercial use), a kennel licence (Boarding/Breeding Establishments) may be permitted in accordance to the provisions of the Zoning By-law #60-2009, as amended and the Control Dogs and Govern the Care of Animals
By-law #034-2012, as amended.
How to apply: Print application below or pick up a copy at the Municipal Office at 21 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford. Bring in the completed application or mail it in with supporting documents. Mailed-in applications for dog licences will be returned within 10 business days. You can also apply and make payment online for your convenience (see below).
If you have more than three(s) dogs please apply for a kennel licence and contact
Holly Hynes, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer (519) 538 – 1060 Ext 1134.
Please be advised that there are different applications (including an inspection) with applicable fees dependent on the type of kennel licences being established.
The Georgian Triangle Humane Society
549 Tenth Line North – just off Mountain Road
Days and Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
*Or by special appointment, please call 705-445-5204*
Grey Bruce Animal Shelter
Owen Sound, ON
Hours: 8:00 am-12 Noon - 7 days a week.
The Grey Bruce Animal Shelter (GBAS) is an independent, all volunteer, Registered Charity, reaching out to help animals who cannot help themselves. Serving the communities of Grey and Bruce, we are located just south of Owen Sound. At Rockford we are east on Grey Road 18 (the Derry Line) and 3km south on Concession 8.
Visitors are always welcome.