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The City of Dauphin Announces Subsidized Spay & Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)

The City of Dauphin is pleased to announce the launch of a Subsidized Spay & Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) for licensed city dogs and cats. This proactive measure aims to address the overpopulation of domestic animals in our community and alleviate the strain on Parkland Humane Society volunteers. 

Approved as part of the City’s 2024 Financial Plan, SNAP provides financial assistance to pet owners through vouchers covering 50% of the spay or neuter costs for licensed city pets. The vouchers are valued up to $175 for female dogs, $125 for male dogs, $125 for female cats, and $75 for male cats. 

Application forms for SNAP are available at City Hall or here. Proof of Dauphin residency and a current pet license are required for eligibility. Upon approval, the City will issue a voucher that can be redeemed at either the Dauphin Veterinary Clinic or the Uptown Pet Clinic, where the remaining fees must be paid by the pet owner at the time of the appointment. 

Please note, this program will remain open until the budgeted funding is exhausted each year.

For more information, please call City Hall at 204-622-3200.

Subsidized Spay & Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Form

**Complete the application form and bring the printed form to City Hall with proof of City of Dauphin residency (an invoice, drivers license, or formal correspondence with your name and address). Or email to

Number of Dogs or Cats Permitted

No owner shall possess more than two (2) dogs and two (2) cats on the same property within the City of Dauphin limits.

Licenses are due January 1st and expire December 31st each year.

When applying for a license, the applicant must provide the following information:
• Name & address of owner;
• Description & Breed of the dog or cat;
• Certificate from Veterinarian confirming animal has been spayed or neutered, if applicable;
• Proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within two (2) years of the date of application for the license.

The license fees are as follows:
$30 for every spayed or neutered dog/cat and
$45 for every other dog/cat.

For more information please download the Animal Control Bylaw 05-2020.

Animal Services

Contact: David McInnes, Barkland Pet Resort

Job Title: Animal Services Officer
Phone: 204-648-3593

Animal Care Line

Ethically sound treatment of animals is a priority of citizens and society as a whole. If you suspect or witness any of the following, please report to the Animal Care Line at 1-888-945-8001.

  • not providing animals with shelter, food, water
  • not providing critical medical care to an animal when it is suffering or injured
  • keeping animals in unsanitary conditions 
  • an abandoned animal

All animals within the City limits must be on a leash at all times or in an enclosed area on your property. 

All animals that have a propensity for aggression are not allowed in any public place without a handler that is in complete control of the animal at all times.

The City of Dauphin has a designated off-leash dog park where owners can exercise their dogs in a safe environment. 

It is located between 1st Ave SE and the horse race track on the Dauphin Recreation Services (DRS) grounds.

Yes. If your animal gets lost and is picked up by the Animal Services Officer or is in an accident, the tag will allow the authorities to contact you.

Impound fee is $80.00 plus daily boarding fees for the time spent at the Animal Retention Centre (ARC). 

To inquire if a dog or cat is in the Animal Retention Centre (ARC), please call 204-648-3593.

Dogs or cats are not permitted to be at large within the City of Dauphin. Any dog or cat found running at large may be picked up and taken to the Animal Retention Centre (Barkland Pet Resort) and will be released only upon payment of the capture fee, pound fees, purchase of current license and any other applicable fees. 

If a dog or cat is not claimed within 3 business days, it may be transferred to a rescue for adoption or, in exceptional circumstances, be humanely euthanized, at the sole discretion of the City of Dauphin.

The City of Dauphin wants to ensure everyone, including pets, are safe. We encourage you to know the rules and follow them to protect your pet.

An owner of an animal is guilty of an offence and subject to a penalty, if your animal is:

  • Running at large;
  • Unlicensed in the City of Dauphin;
  • Bites, barks, or causes injury to a person or domestic animal;
  • Defecates on private property, public property or highway;
  • Left unattended in any motor vehicle unless animal is secured, and is provided with suitable ventilation;
  • Barks, howls, or otherwise disturbs persons;
  • Is outside the home while in heat.

All animals that are housed outdoors within the City limits must be supplied with an all-weather shelter which should include an adequate water and food supply.

No animal should be left outside for extended periods of time if the animal has the propensity for barking or causing a public nuisance.

Owners shall not allow any animal in their possession to deposit excrement on any property, public or private, without subsequently collecting the excrement after the animal.