Thornhill Dog Control                                                                                 

Hours of Operation and Location:

Thornhill Dog Control is located at 3856 Desjardins Street.
Phone 250-638-1565
Public hours are from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
For all inquires,  please contact staff during public hours:  email, phone 250-638-1565 or in person at the Animal Shelter.

The Regional District  provides a Dog Control service to Electoral Area “E” (Thornhill) and a specified portion of Electoral Area “C” (Copperside Estates).  The service includes:

     - Operating the Thornhill Animal Shelter,
     - Licensing Dogs
     - Providing Board Services (space permitting)
     - Enforcing the Dog Control Regulations and Impounding Bylaw No. 641.2014 and 647, 2014
     - Public Education on responsible pet ownership,  and an adoption facility for dogs and cats not claimed by owners.
Dog Licenses:

Dog licenses can be purchased in person at:

  • Thornhill Animal Shelter -  3856 Desjardins in Thornhill, between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. OR
  • Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine located at #300-4545 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace - between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you are unable to attend in person, licenses can be purchased over the phone by providing your credit card information.  The license will then be mailed to your address.  Please call staff at the shelter between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.  250-638-1565


For residents of Electoral Area “E” and Copperside Estates we are available to address your concerns regarding:

  •  Dogs Barking
  •  Dogs At Large
  •  Vicious or Aggressive Dogs

Please be prepared to give your full name and contact information.  This information is kept confidential unless the matter escalates to a court case.

Thornhill Dog Control has a mandatory Spay and Neuter Policy which applies to all animals adopted from the shelter.  Our adoption fees are inclusive of a Spay or Neuter (routine cost) at participating local veterinarians.  We believe in leading by example and therefore will not contribute to the unwanted cat and dog population that already exists. 

Animal Abuse and Neglect Concerns:

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine does not currently have a local BC Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) or a Special Provincial Constable to regulate the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Act (or PCA Act).  

Our Domestic Animal Protection Officers enforce the Kitimat-Stikine Thornhill Dog Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 641-2014 and Kitimat-Stikine Ticket Information Authorization Amendment Bylaw No. 647, 2014 namely regulating the provisions concerning barking dogs, dogs at large and vicious dogs.  We do not have authority to regulate the PCA Act.

What does this mean?

Neglect and/or Cruelty to Animals should be reported to the BCSPCA online at  Complainants are required to create a profile and sign in.  Be prepared to provide as much information as possible including an address where the animal(s) is/are located.  It is stated that ALL complaints will be investigated.  If the complaint is of a life threatening nature call the emergency number 1-604-879-7343

You may also try contacting the Kitimat Humane Society for possible assistance or suggestions at or phoning 250-639-6297.  If available, the Humane Society may be able to investigate with the assistance of the RCMP – who is authorized to enforce the PCA Act.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act can be found on the BCSPCA website. 

Thornhill Dog Regulations and Impounding Bylaw No. 641, 2014 "SCHEDULE A":



         a)       Dogs                                                                      Annual Fee        Late Fee
                   Neutered/Spayed                                                      $20.00             $30.00
         b)       Dogs
                   Not Neutered/Spayed                                                $60.00             $70.00

         c)       Replacement or Transfer of License                                  $5.00 


 2.    IMPOUNDMENT FEE (Released to Owner)                        Licensed             Unlicensed

         a)         Spayed or Neutered:
                     First Impoundment in one year period                             free                 $50.00 (plus license fee)
             Second Impoundment                                                $60.00                  
                     Third Impoundment                                                   $80.00
                     Each Addt’l Impoundment                                         $100.00
          a)        Not Spayed or Neutered:
                     First Impoundment in one year period                        $250.00                250.00 (plus license fee)
                     Each Addt’l Impoundment                                         $300.00
          b)        Aggressive Dog:       
                     First Impoundment                                                    $250.00
                     Each Additional Impoundment                                    $500.00
          c)        Dangerous Dog:
                      First Impoundment                                                    $500.00
                     Each Additional Impoundment                                   $1000.00
         *      First impoundment of a not neutered or spayed dog will include a spay/neuter certificate.

 4.      ADOPTION FEE          

          All dogs  (spayed/neutered or not) including
          puppies                                                        $185.00 plus GST  (includes spay/neuter certificate if necessary,
                                                                              and license fee if applicable)
         Cat (spayed/netered or not) including kittens   $140.00 plus GST
 5.      DOG BOARDING FEES                                 $14.00 per day + GST – (please note dogs only)


     Terrace Animal Shelter

     Kitimat Humane Society

     BC SPCA if you would like to donate a Kuranda bed to the Thornhill Shelter