Animal Control

Burk's Falls animal bylaws


The Village of Burk’s Falls requires all dogs within the Village to be licensed and to wear tags at all times the animal is off the home owner’s property. Having your animal licensed and tagged assists the By-law Officer in returning animals that have strayed from home.

An animal that is unclaimed will be transported to Bracebridge SPCA for safe keeping until an owner can be identified. All impound fees and retrieval costs associated with the animal are the owner’s responsibility. The owner will be required to purchase a valid dog tag, failure to do so will result in additional penalties.

Dog tags can be purchased at the Village of Burk’s Falls municipal office on an annual basis. The cost associated with an animal tag varies on the by number in a home, and if the animal is spayed or neutered. Residents within the Village are permitted to have no more than three dogs per property.

License Fees 1st Dog - $10.00    |     2nd Dog - $15.00    |    Each additional dog - $ 8.00
Replacement Tag - $ 5.00
Impound Fee - $50.00

If you would like to make a complaint regarding excessive barking, stray dogs or animal feces, you are asked to fill out a confidential complaint form. As By-law enforcement is complaint drive, a registered complaint is required in order for the by-law to be enforced.


The Village does not require cats to be registered in the same manner as dogs. However, residents whishing to voluntarily register their cat can do so through the municipal office. Similar to dog tags, cat tags assist with quick and convent return of animals.

Livestock/Exotic Animals

The Village of Burk’s Falls regulates all exotic animals and livestock kept within the Village. For rules and regulations governing livestock and exotic animals along with an application please refer to By-law No.2017-17 Care and Control of Poultry Livestock and Exotic Animals.


Although the Village is situated in a natural environment, it is uncommon for wildlife to be seen within the Village limits. Council strongly discourages residents from feeding wildlife outside of birds as this can attract unwanted wildlife such as bears. Should you come across a bear, deer or similar wildlife, the first step is to exercise caution removing yourself from the situation calmly.

Contact Bear With Us or for other animals visit the Ontario Wildlife Rescue to locate a suitable location for other animals.


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