Animal Control

Animal control in the City of Woodstock is contracted to Hillside Kennels. Hillside Kennels can be reached at 519-469-3247. Cell phone information is provided on their voicemail if they are not at the Kennel.

If your pet is lost or you're considering adopting an animal, contact Hillside Kennels.

Please note that all animal welfare calls must be directed to the provincial Animal Welfare Services team. Call 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625) if an animal is in distress or being neglected. This includes animals that are injured, in pain, sick, suffering or abused, or lack proper care, water, food or shelter. More information can be found at

Pick-up of Animals

  • Animal control will pick up dogs and injured wildlife, excluding birds
  • Dogs running at large will not be picked up unless the animal:

    • Is in a confined area or tied up
    • Appears to be vicious or dangerous
  • If a deceased animal is located on your property, it is your responsibility to remove the animal
  • Nuisance wildlife (i.e. raccoons, skunks etc.) removal from private property is the responsibility of the homeowner
  • If a wild animal is found indoors (e.g., a squirrel in your attic), it is your responsibility to remove the animal

Wildlife in the City

Wildlife occurs naturally in cities and towns, often without any issues. However, issues can often arise when intentional feeding (leaving out grain, bread, nuts etc.) or unintentional feeding (outdoor pet food, compost, unsecured gardens or garbage, fish ponds) occurs. This type of unnatural feeding can have significant negative consequences for the health and behaviour of wildlife and can cause challenges for property owners. For information on control of nuisance wildlife, contract the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1940. All costs regarding nuisance wildlife are the property owner's responsibility.


Coyotes live and co-exist with humans in urban natural areas. For more information check the Ministry of Natural Resources website Preventing and Managing Conflicts with Coyotes, Wolves and Foxes. If you have concerns about a coyote or require further information call the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1940.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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