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Animal Control

Dog and Cat Tag License:

To obtain your Dog or cat Tag, please complete the Licence Application Form and return it to one of our purchase locations, mail it to our Administration Centre with payment (2231 Nursery Road, Minesing ON  L9X 1A8) or contact our Tag Sales Agent.

Purchase Locations:

Administration Centre
2231 Nursery Road

 Library - Elmvale Branch
50 Queen Street West

 Library - Midhurst Branch
12 Finlay Mill Road

 Library - Minesing Branch
2347 Ronald Road

Dog Tag Sales Agent:

 Andrea Duffy-LeBlanc

 705-790-4364


Canine Control:

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Excluding statutory holidays)
705-728-4784
Municipal Law Enforcement Officer ext. 2033
Clerk's Assistant ext. 2013

After Hours: Eric Bronee - 705-794-1126


Lost & Found

Where are stray dogs or cats taken/cared for?

All dogs and cats picked up in the Township of Springwater are taken to the Barrie OSPCA.

The Barrie OSPCA facility is located at 91 Patterson Road in Barrie, Ontario. Contact them by  phone at 705-728-7311, email at barrie@ospca.on.ca or visit their website.

 How do stray dogs arrive at the Pound?

The Township of Springwater engages the services of Eric Bronee - 705-794-1126 who will investigate and seize a stray dog reported to be running at large. Stray dogs are taken to the Pound until the owner is located or contacts the Township. 

When suitable, stray dogs in the Township’s possession for a period of 7 days or more are placed for adoption. Every effort is taken to find new homes for our guests. Regretfully, stray dogs in our possession longer than 7 days and where we are unable to find a new home, are euthanized.



Feline Friends

How do cats arrive at the Pound?
Due to the volume of cats running at large and their nature to slink around backyards and under sheds etc., staff are unable to trap or manually capture cats, like their canine counterpart. Property owners are asked to safely crate stray cats and turn them over to the Barrie OSPCA Office.

When suitable, stray cats in the Township’s possession for a period of 3 days or more are placed for adoption. Every effort is taken to find new homes for our guests. Regretfully, stray cats in our possession longer than 3 days and where we are unable to find a new home, are euthanized.

Contact the
 Barrie branch of the OSPCA 705-728-7311 


Wild Animals

Q: Who can I call regarding a wild animal (raccoon, skunk, fox, etc.) on my property?
The Township of Springwater does not remove wildlife from private property. Property owners should contact a licensed pest control service to assist with the removal of wildlife, such as raccoons and skunks.

Q: Who can I call regarding a wild animal (raccoon, skunk, fox etc.) on my property that is acting strange and has bitten a human or domestic animal?

There are diseases or conditions that could cause a wild animal to act abnormally, never approach the animal. Most rabid animals show these signs:
• They are extremely excited
• They may attack objects or other animals
• They may froth at the mouth
• They may bite at anything

If you or a domestic animal has come in contact with a wild animal suspected of having rabies, please seek medical attention, and contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Q: I live on an active livestock farm and there is wildlife on my property that is acting strange and has bitten livestock, a human or a domestic animal, what do I do?

Never approach a wild animal and call the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) at 705-739-0008. If possible, monitor the wild animal from a safe distance to ensure officials can locate the animal.

Q: What can I do if wildlife is damaging my property?

In accordance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, with some conditions, if a person believes on reasonable grounds that wildlife is damaging or is about to damage the person's property, the person may, on the person's land:
• harass the wildlife for the purpose of deterring it from damaging the person's property; or
• capture or kill the wildlife.   
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