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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 Fax: 705-424-2367

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

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Canine Control

If you have found a dog running at large during regular business hours please call the our Municipal Enforcement Officer at 705-424-9770 extension 122.  

After hours Canine Control (after 4:30 p.m.) 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

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 for one-year tags. These tags must be renewed every calendar year, as they expire on December 31st of each calendar year.

Proof of Rabies Vaccination is required at the time of purchase. ​


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 705-817-9453.  Please be advised that The Township of Essa does not currently license cats.

Animal Cruelty

If you would like to report a case of cruelty to animals, visit Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, call the SPCA at 310-SPCA (7722), or contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.