Animal Control & Bylaw Enforcement

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Animal Control & Bylaw Enforcement

The Rainbow District Animal Shelter remains open by appointment. By-law Enforcement officers are on call to deal with By-law and Animal Control concerns.

Remember effective social or physical distancing includes keeping your cats indoors and dogs on leash under control of a person. While the science seems to indicate your pets cannot contract the Corona Virus, like all other things that are exposed to the virus pets can have the virus on them and transfer the virus to other people or things in the environment. Effective physical distancing means conducting yourself as if you have been exposed and are trying to prevent spreading that exposure any further.

Dog and cat licenses are no longer available from any of our distributors but are available on our website: or by calling the Shelter. Registering your pet will not only help you get reunited with your pet in the event your pet goes missing but may make it so an officer need not visit your home to address a complaint or concern.

For further information, to register your pet or to place a report please call 1-800-836-6661.


It is not uncommon to see wildlife in Espanola.  

Helpful tips to protect your pets:

  • Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date against rabies and other diseases
  • Use a leash when walking your pet
  • Dispose of pet waste properly
  • Feed your pets indoors

Please observe local wildlife from a distance; don’t approach, feed or touch a wild animal.

Information on how to help prevent conflicts with wildlife can be found at this link