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Dog Owners

A Dog on the beach

Dog Owner Responsibilities

All dog owners in Surrey are responsible for the care and welfare of the dogs they own. This includes providing adequate food, water, shelter, veterinary care and living conditions.
The minimum standards that a dog owner is responsible for under the Dog Responsibility by-law include:

  • Picking up after the dog when it defecates.
  • Providing clean drinking water.
  • Providing enough food for normal growth and maintenance of the dog’s normal body weight.
  • Shelter if the dog is housed outside. The shelter should be appropriate to the size and coat of the dog to protect against heat, cold and wet conditions. The shelter should provide shade from sun at all times. Generally, the shelter width should be 1.5 times the length of the dog, and the height of the shelter should be the height of the dog plus 10%.
  • Providing a pen and run area that is regularly cleaned and sanitized. Dog excrement should be removed at least once daily.  
  • Providing adequate exercise to maintain good health.
  • Providing adequate veterinary care. 
  • Ensuring the dog is not directly tethered to a choke chain.     
  • Ensuring the dog is not enclosed in a confined space, including vehicles without adequate ventilation.
  • Providing safe transportation which prevents their injury.

Dogs also must not spend more than four hours per 24 hour period tethered.

Dogs in Summer

In the warmer weather, we want to remind dog owners to never leave their dogs in vehicles during a heat wave. There is the potential for a bylaw violation ticket, RCMP or the SPCA could remove your animal from the vehicle if it is found in distress resulting in charges.

How Many Dogs Can I Have on my Property?

No more than 2 dogs can be licensed to a Property at one time, unless a hobby or commercial kennel license has been issued. 

Off-Leash Areas

In general, dogs must be on-leash and under the control of a competent person whenever they are off the property they reside on. A dog caught running off-leash and at large will be impounded and taken to the Surrey Animal Resource Centre. Dogs may run off-leash on private property, as long as the area is fenced in.

Surrey also has nine off-leash parks where dogs are permitted to be off leash while still in the control of the competent person.

Dogs on Surrey Beaches

Dogs are not allowed on beaches between May 15 and September 15 of each year. The exception to this is the off-leash area at Blackie Spit at Crescent Beach. 

Surrey Animal Resource Centre

The Surrey Animal Resource Centre helps animals and humans in our community. Visit the Surrey Animal Resource Centre at 17944 Colebrook Road.

Contact Information

Telephone: 604-574-6622
Email: animalinfo@surrey.ca

Adoption: 604-574-6623
Email: adoption@surrey.ca
Fax: 604-574-6629

Hours of Operations

Animal Shelter: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Adoption Viewing: Monday to Friday from 11am to 5pm. Dog adoption is closed from 2 to 3pm daily for nap time.