The FVRD provides Animal Control services within the boundaries of the City of Chilliwack and the City of Abbotsford. These services include dog licensing, enforcement of FVRD Animal Control Regulation Bylaw No. 1206, 2013, management of the Community Animal Response and Education Centre, and a pet adoption service.
The Animal Control Regulation Bylaw outlines pet owner responsibilities with regard to the welfare, safety and behaviour of their pets. Animal Control Officers are responsible for enforcing the regulations contained in the bylaw and responding to complaints from the public.
Officers are on duty Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The CARE Centre is closed on statutory holidays. If you call the CARE Centre after regular business hours, please leave a message that includes the following:
- the reason for your call
- your name, address and contact information
- the location/address of the incident/dog in question
CARE Centre staff will return your phone call the next business day.
To report a dog attack in progress after regular business hours, please call your local police department.
Most of the complaints Animal Control receives are about dogs-at-large and barking dogs. To ensure your dog gets ample opportunity to exercise and socialize, consider visiting a dog off-leash area.
There are four off-leash dog parks in the Chilliwack area for your enjoyment:
In the Abbotsford area there are four off-leash parks:
Enforcement tickets are issued most frequently for owning an unlicensed dog. If you live in Abbotsford, please visit our Abbotsford Licensing page to familiarize yourself with licensing requirements. Chilliwack residents can find this information on our Chilliwack Licensing page.