Pet Impound

Did You Know ... The place to call for missing pets is the Town Office: Pet impound signs are posted on the front door. Pets are held (offsite) for 72 hours. 

Pet impound signs posted at Town Office

The place to call if your cat or dog is missing is the Town Office. Pet impound signs are posted on the front door of the office and pets are held (offsite) for 72 hours.

“Anytime we catch a cat or a dog we hold them for 72 hours,” confirms Athabasca Bylaw Officer Dan Visser. “As soon as practical, we post an impound poster on the front door.”

Dog impound posters are also placed at the Athabasca Veterinary Services office.

Dan cautions that since the animals can be held for only 72 hours, owners should call the Town as soon as they notice their pet is missing.

“The first place to phone is the Town Office to see if any have been impounded,” he advises. “If a dog is missing and we don’t have it, we will keep an eye out for it.”

Stray animals are captured to prevent them from becoming a nuisance to residents. Cats are more of a problem than dogs, says Dan.

“Owners typically keep dogs in the yard, but cats are allowed to run more freely. Cats at large get in other people’s flower beds, for example, and can be a nuisance. That’s how we typically catch them.”

Dan has a recommendation for all pet owners concerned for the well-being of their animals: get them licensed and tagged.

“If a cat or dog is licensed and their tags are with them, it makes it easier to get them back to their owners – that’s the biggest reason for licensing,” he explains. “It has come in handy a few times.”

For pet licensing information, or to check to see if a missing pet has been impounded, call the Town Office at 780-675-2063, or visit at 4705 – 49 Ave.

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