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Animal Control

Temporary Poundkeeping Services

The Municipality is currently working on obtaining long-term poundkeeping services.

If you are able to hold and read the dog tag on a lost or stray dog, please call the municipal office 519-762-2204 or 519-871-4690 (after hours) to assist in contacting the owner.

For other dog pickup please contact the below;

St. Thomas Animal Shelter
100 Burwell Road, St. Thomas
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 4:30pm
Sunday & holidays: 8am - 3pm
Animal Shelter phone: 519-631-7430 (during business hours)
Fire Dispatch phone: 519-631-0210 (after hours animal services)


Preventing Conflicts with Coyotes, Wolves and Foxes

Do you know how to prevent or manage conflict with coyotes, wolves or foxes? As the weather changes, wildlife is also adjusting to the changing conditions and unpredictable weather patterns.

Tips from MNR - https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-natural-resources-and-forestry-regional-and-district-offices

Here are a few tips from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) on how to deal with these animals if encountered on you property.  If you see a coyote, wolf or fox, keep your distance and the animal will most likely avoid you.

If you encounter an aggressive animal:

  • never approach or touch a wild animal
  • do not turn your back or run from a wild animal
  • back away from the animal while remaining calm
  • stand tall, wave your hands, and make lots of noise
  • carry a flashlight at night
  • if a wild animal poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety - call 911

How to make your property unwelcome

  • use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers
  • put up two-metre high fence that extends at least 20 centimetres underground
  • install a roller system to the top of your fence so animals can't gain a foothold

How to prevent conflicts with dogs

  • keep dogs inside at night
  • clean up after your dog - coyotes are attracted to dog feces
  • spay and neuter your dogs - coyotes are attracted to, and can mate with, domestic dogs that have not been spayed or neutered

How to protect livestock

  • where possible, bring your livestock into barns or sheds at night
  • use guard animals, such as donkeys, llamas and dogs
  • if livestock has been killed by predators, you may be eligible for compensation through the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

Lethal action

  • as a last resort, a farmer may humanely kill or trap wolves, coyotes or foxes that are damaging or about to damage their property
  • if you are using a firearm, you must follow certain regulations and local bylaws
  • landowners may also hire an agent to act on your behalf


Neglected or Abused Animals

There has been an update to the standards of care for outdoor dogs under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 (PAWS). These updates came into effect July 1, 2022. A Frequestly Asked Questions (FAQ) is available with a summary of the updates including more comprehensive requirements related to:

  • General care - including access to shade, food and water, grooming and nail care, and health and welfare maintenance
  • Outdoor dog shelter - including when an outdoor dog shelter is required (with exceptions for livestock guardian dogs and dogs that have access to a structure housing livestock), as well as design fatures and size-related specifications for an outdoor dog shelter
  • Use of tethering - including when dogs cannot be tethered, and maximum time a dog can spend on a tether (with limited exceptions)
  • Use of housing pens - including the use of housing pens, minimum housing pen size and restrictions on outdoor dogs that can be penned together (with limited exceptions)
  • Tethering and housing pen containment area - including adequate cleaning and sanitation, as well as features to support the physical comfort and welfare of a dog while they are contained outdoors

Fact Sheet: Standards of Care for Dogs Kept Outdoors Under the PAWS Act

If you would like to report a case of animal abuse or neglect please call Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre (OAPCC) at 1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625). This call centre is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 


If you have any concerns with wildlife acting in an unnatural way, please contact the following trapper (fees are applicable) who will manage them in a humane way: 

Dave Heyblom - Home (519) 764-2688     Cell (226) 374-5176

  • Humane nuisance animal removal of racoon, possums, skunk, groundhog, muskrat, beaver and feral cats
  • Preventive screening installation available for skunk and groundhog burrowing.
  • Livestock predator control of coyote and fox.

For animal bites on people, rabies quarantine and inspection, please call Elgin St. Thomas Public Health at 519-631-9900 and Municipal Enforcement Unit (MEU) at 1-855-900-9119.  Keep current records on your pets and ensure that these records are accessible.  If this is, or becomes an emergency situation call 911. 

West Nile Virus (WNV)

To learn more about the West Nile Virus and procedures to follow to report a dead bird, please visit the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health website

Please note

The Elgin St. Thomas Public Health no longer accepts dead bird submissions.  If a dead bird is located on your property, please contact the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) or call 1-866-673-4781 to learn more about their surveillance and submission programs.  If you wish to dispose of a dead bird; wear gloves, double-bag the bird and place in an outdoor gargabe disposal unit.  Always wash your hands after contact with dead wildlife.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres

  • Another Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation - St. Thomas Cell (519) 868-1937 (Carole)
  • Salthaven Wildlife Centre - Mount Brydges (519) 264-2440 (Brian Salt)
  • Wings Wildlife - Amherstburg (519) 736-8172


  • Office Hours

  • Monday to Friday,
  • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • (except statutory holidays)