ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES
CATS- The Brant County SPCA intakes cats from Brantford and Brant County through our Animal Services as well as from concerned members of the public. Animal Services provides Animal Control, Bylaw Enforcement and Pound Operations for the City of Brantford which includes intake of sick, injured and orphaned cats. Intake of stray cats is also accepted at the shelter location, 539 Mohawk St in Brantford, from members of the public by appointment only. In accordance with the City of Brantford Bylaws and Municipal code, the Brant County SPCA acts as a pound facility for the first 72 business hours of cat intake. After this time, ownership of the cat transfers to the Brant County SPCA. At this time, the cat can then be processed for adoption.
DOGS- The Brant County SPCA intakes dogs from Brantford through our Animal Services as well as from concerned members of the public. Animal Services provides Animal Control, Bylaw Enforcement and Pound Operations for the City of Brantford which includes intake of stray dogs as well as sick, injured and orphaned dogs. Intake of stray dogs from the City of Brantford is also accepted at the shelter location, 539 Mohawk St, from members of the public by appointment only. In accordance with the City of Brantford Bylaws and Municipal code, the Brant County SPCA acts as a pound facility for the first 72 business hours of dog intake. After this time, ownership of the dog transfers to the Brant County SPCA. At this time, the dog can then be processed for adoption.
SMALL PETS- The Brant County SPCA intakes small pets from Brantford and Brant County through our Animal Services as well as from concerned members of the public. Animal Services provides Animal Control, Bylaw Enforcement and Pound Operations for the City of Brantford which includes intake of sick, injured and orphaned small pets. Intake of stray small pets is also accepted at the shelter location, 539 Mohawk St in Brantford, from members of the public by appointment only. In accordance with the City of Brantford Bylaws and Municipal code, the Brant County SPCA acts as a pound facility for the first 72 business hours of small pet intake. After this time, ownership of the small pet transfers to the Brant County SPCA. At this time, the small pet can then be processed for adoption.
WILDLIFE- The Brant County SPCA intakes wildlife from Brantford through our Animal Services as well as from concerned members of the public. Animal Services provides Animal Control, Bylaw Enforcement and Pound Operations for the City of Brantford which includes intake of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. If you have found wildlife that you believe is in need of assistance, please contact Animal Services at (519) 756-6620.
LOST & FOUND
If you have lost or found a pet in the City of Brantford or the County of Brant, you are welcome to report it to us by phone (519) 756-6620 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing, please include a photo of the animal so that it can be attached to the report for identification.
Please visit Brant County SPCA Lost & Found for more information. You can also find the link to the page in the Home section of our website.
This page is designated for residents in the Brant County area who have lost or found a pet. It is operated by the staff members of the Brant County SPCA.
Please note that although this page is monitored by staff members of the Brant County SPCA, the content for lost and found postings belong to the person who has posted.
In addition to posting lost and found reports on the Brant County SPCA Lost & Found, people are also required to file a report directly with the shelter by contacting us at (519) 756-6620 or email to email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation!
Lost Report Waiver
Please note by leaving a lost report with us does not guarantee the return of your lost pet. As we do our best to match reports to animals that come into our care, there is always a chance of error.
This could be a result of the description given of the animal, the location in which it is found or that there was no permanent identification on the pet that was brought in.
To minimize the risk of not being reunited with your lost pet we do encourage you to come in and do a walk through every couple of days as well as bringing in a picture of your pet when you arrive so we can also attach to your report. Our stray time is only 72 hours so we do ask that you do frequent visits to see if your pet is at the shelter.
Please know we only keep reports on file for 30 days so if your pet is still missing after 30 days you may wish to call in again with a lost report.
Claiming A Lost Pet
When claiming a lost pet you will need:
– Photo I.D.
-Proof of ownership (vet papers,adoption papers, photos, etc)
-Leash for dogs
-Carrier for cats (Cardboard carriers are available for purchase at the shelter for $5 +tax)
-Current license for dogs (must be attached to dog before leaving)
-There will be fees associated with claiming we accept cash, Visa, Mastercard or debit
The Brant County SPCA provides By-Law Enforcement services to the Corporation of the City of Brantford according to Chapter 206 Dogs and Other Animals of the Municipal Code. For a complete listing of the City of Brantford By-Laws pertaining to animals, please click here for more information.
ANIMAL PROTECTION SERVICES
What is Animal Cruelty?
Animal cruelty generally falls into two categories: neglect, or intentional cruelty. Neglect is the failure to provide adequate water, food, shelter, or necessary care. Examples of neglect include: starvation; dehydration; inadequate shelter; parasite infestations; failure to seek veterinary care when an animal is in need of medical attention; allowing a collar to grow into an animal’s skin; confinement without adequate light, ventilation, space or in unsanitary conditions; and failure to trim hoofs or nails resulting in excessive growth (e.g. hoofs curling upwards). In some cases neglect is a result of the owner’s ignorance, and can be rectified by law enforcement authorities, like the Ontario SPCA, educating the owner and issuing orders to improve the animal’s living conditions.
If an owner fails to make the required changes, Ontario SPCA investigators can remove the animal to ensure they receive the necessary care. In cases where the owner no longer wants responsibility for the animal, the owner may surrender ownership to the Ontario SPCA or an affiliated Humane Society. In more severe cases, circumstances may require the Ontario SPCA, affiliated humane societies, or other law enforcement authorities to remove the animals immediately to provide urgent medical care.
Equally disturbing as neglect is the brutality of intentional cruelty, involving deliberate physical harm or injury inflicted on an animal. Regretfully, cases of animals being beaten, burned, poisoned or stabbed to death are not uncommon.
In some cases neglect or cruelty is the result of people using animals as tools for commercial profit, such as in the cases of puppy mills, dog fighting, cock fighting and illegal slaughterhouses.
How to Recognize Animal Cruelty
Look for these common signs of neglect or intentional cruelty witnessed by Ontario SPCA investigators:
- Wounds on the body.
- Severely overgrown nails (often curling under) or hooves (often curling upwards).
- Patches of missing hair.
- Extremely thin, starving animals with ribs or backbone protruding.
- Infected eyes that have been left untreated.
- Animals who are repeatedly left alone without food and water. Often they are chained up in a yard.
- Animals who have been hit by cars and have not received veterinary attention.
- Animals who are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions. Tropical birds especially cannot tolerate cold temperatures.
- An owner kicking, hitting or physically abusing an animal.
- Animals who cower fearfully or act aggressively when their owners approach.
- Severe flea or tick infestations left untreated.
- Animals left in a car on a hot or cold day.
- Animals crammed into tiny cages in overcrowded conditions.
- Abandonment (often when pet owners move or by unprofitable farmers).
- Reptiles with dull, darkened skin, tremors, gaping mouth and excessive saliva, or experiencing difficulty climbing.
- Aquatic and amphibious creatures kept in tanks with murky water.
- Illegal trapping of wild animals or animals left for extended periods in traps.
- Excessive scratching of the head area, shaking of the head and dirt or discharge in ears indicative of a possible ear infection.
- Chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
- Animals kept in dirty conditions including being forced to stand in their own urine and excrement.
- Swellings, such as tumors or abscesses, left untreated.
- Rabbits with a severe head tilt.
- Slaughter by untrained individuals.
Reporting Animal Cruelty
The Ontario SPCA investigators provide frontline protection for animals across Ontario by responding to nearly 16,000 animal cruelty complaints each year and rescuing injured, abandoned and abused animals.
Empowered by the Ontario SPCA Act, Inspectors and Agents relieve animal suffering and distress by issuing orders, removing animals and laying charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act where circumstances warrant. Under the Act, Inspectors and Agents have the same authority as police officers when enforcing animal-cruelty laws.
The Ontario SPCA operates on a complaints basis. This means that you can help animals by being aware of at-risk animals in your community and by reporting cases of suspected animal cruelty to your nearest Ontario SPCA Community, police, Crime Stoppers or police.
Help the investigating officer by providing as many details as possible, including the type of cruelty witnessed, the date of the incident, where it took place, and who was involved. All information remains confidential.
Who to Call
To report suspected animal abuse in Brantford or Brant County, please contact us directly at (519) 756-6620 or the Ontario SPCA at
310-SPCA (7722), 1-888-668-7722 ext. 327, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The information provided in this section is compiled from the Investigations section of the Ontario SPCA website
Ontario SPCA investigators may enforce any law pertaining to the prevention of cruelty to, and the welfare of, animals. This includes legislation pertaining to animals within the Criminal Code of Canada http://www.canlii.org/ca/sta/c-46/ , the principal tool used by investigators to bring cases of extreme cruelty and neglect to court; the Ontario SPCA Act http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90o36_e.htm , the provincial legislation that gives Ontario SPCA investigators their policing powers to act on reported instances of animal cruelty