Animal protection and welfare

The Yukon government offers programs to help maintain public safety and animal welfare.

Get information about the Animal Protection Program in Yukon, and how you can help:

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Community Dog Care Initiative

The Animal Health Unit will support individual communities to create and implement a community-driven action plan to address issues with dogs.

Each Yukon community has different challenges regarding dog care and public safety—there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

Our goal is to provide tools and support to help local leaders effectively address their community’s specific needs.

Community leaders can contact the Animal Protection Officer at any time to learn more about this initiative.

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Community Dog Spay Project

This project provides $250 per spay surgery of one female dog per owner in rural Yukon communities. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis, for a maximum of 115 dogs per year.

As of April 11, 2019 there are funds for 109 spay surgeries remaining.

The goals of this project include: improving animal welfare and public safety, reducing the number of unwanted dogs, and helping offset travel costs for residents of rural Yukon communities to access spay surgery.

This project replaces the vouchers that were formerly available through Humane Society Yukon and incorporates many of the improvements that were suggested by the evaluation of that project.

Several municipal and First Nation governments have supported sterilization of pets owned by members of their community in the past and some of these governments provided funding to dog owners.

Dog owners may wish to contact their local government to determine whether they will provide some funds to help pay for the spay surgery.

Have questions about the Community Dog Spay Project?

What about neuters? Cats? Whitehorse residents?

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Dangerous or uncontrolled dogs

Dogs that are in the act of pursuing, stressing, injuring or killing livestock can be captured and euthanized under the Dog Act.

For immediate action contact: the local bylaw office in municipalities, and the local RCMP detachment in unincorporated communities.

The Animal Protection Officer will assist RCMP, First Nations and/or Bylaw Officers upon request when dogs pose a threat to public safety. The Animal Protection Officer can also investigate issues that are reported directly to them.

It's not legally required for dog bites to be reported to a hospital or community health centre. When dog bite incidents are reported, they are assessed to determine whether additional treatment for the victim, or rabies testing of the animal, is required.

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Neglected or abused domestic animals

The Animal Protection Officer investigates reports of neglected or abused domestic animals under the Animal Protection Act. The officer can take action that may relieve an animal’s distress.

Neglected or abused animals may be injured or suffering, and may need proper care, food, water and/or shelter. The Animal Protection Officer may also seize an abandoned animal.

If you know, or have reason to believe, that an animal is being neglected, abused, or has been abandoned in Yukon, report it immediately to the Animal Protection Officer.

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Roaming animals

Regulations under the Dog Act prohibit dogs running at large and municipal governments may have bylaws that restrict dogs at large within municipal boundaries. The Animal Protection Officer and the RCMP enforce the Dog Act.

If livestock trespass on fenced property, any person may capture the animal and deliver it to the nearest pound keeper. The Pounds Act assigns responsibility for any damage caused by a roaming animal to its owner.

The pound keeper service is managed by the Agriculture Branch at Energy, Mines and Resources. Call them at 867-667-5838 for more information.

Additional resources

Yukon legislation

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Contact the Animal Protection Officer

Phone: 867-667-5600
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5600
Fax: 867-393-6263

Email: animalhealth@gov.yk.ca
Address: Box 2703 (V-7) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6