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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​​​Canine Control​

After Hours Canine Control 905-729-0915 (after 4:30 pm and on weekends)

​REMINDER TO RESIDENTS - Dogs are not permitted to run at large.

Due to an increased number of d​og bites in and around our Township, and in the best interest of Public Safety, this is a friendly reminder to all residents that dogs must be leashed and are not permitted to run at large. Canine Control By-law 2006-18 ​ regulates the control of dogs in the Township and is being strictly enforced. Owners of dogs found running at large are subject to fines.

If you have found a dog running at large during regular business hours please call the Municipal Enforcement Officer at 705-424-9770.​

After hours Canine Control (after 4:30 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday) can be reached at 905-729-0915​.

If you have lost your dog, our Officers may have taken the dog to Alliston & District Humane Society. Please contact them directly t​o make arrangements for pick up and payment of any outstanding charges at:

Alliston and District Humane Society
5545 Concession 4, Adjala-Tosorontio
Emily Day - Phone 705-321-2378

Wild Animals

The Township of Essa does not remove wild animals from private property.  Pests such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and any other wild animal found on private property should be removed with the assistance of a pest control specialist.  Wild animals can be dangerous and should be avoided, however if you or your pet has come into contact with a wild animal that you suspect has rabies please seek medical attention and contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at (705) 721-7520.

​Dog Tags​

According to By-law 2006-18 every owner of a dog shall obtain a license annually as soon as the dog has attained the age of twelve (12) weeks. 

One-year dog licenses are available at the Essa Public Library (Angus and Thornton Branches), and at the Administration Centre for a cost of $25.00 per tag. These tags must be renewed each calendar year. ​

Angus Wild Cats

Angus Wild Cats is a volunteer group of Essa Township residents who are committed to reducing the number of homeless/stray cats in our community with a Trap, Neuter, Release Program (TNR).  Their hopes are to reduce the cat/human conflict and raise awareness within our community.

A Trap, Neuter, Release Program has proven to be the most effective and humane way of dealing with feral cat overpopulation in communities.  Of course this program takes long term commitment and the Angus Wild Cats volunteers hope to create a program that will be sustainable for many years to come.

If you have a stray cat problem in your area, please give Angus Wild Cats a call at 705-220-4588​Please be advised that The Township of Essa does not currently license cats.

Animal Cruelty

As of June 29, 2019 Ontario's Animal Cruelty enforcement has changed.​

If you would like to report a case of cruelty to animals, call  1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).

For more information please view -OSPCA Changes