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Animal Control

2024 Dog Tags are now available ONLINE or 
by Calling  1-800-836-6661.

The Rainbow District Animal Shelter remains open by appointment.  By-law Enforcement officers are on call to deal with Animal Control concerns. 

Remember effective social or physical distancing includes keeping your cats indoors and dogs on leash under control of a person.   While the science seems to indicate your pets cannot contract the Corona Virus, like all other things that are exposed to the virus pets can have the virus on them and transfer the virus to other people or things in the environment. Effective physical distancing means conducting yourself as if you have been exposed and are trying to prevent spreading that exposure any further. 

Dog and cat licenses are no longer available from any of our distributors but are available on our website: or by calling the Shelter. Registering your pet will not only help you get reunited with your pet in the event your pet goes missing but may make it so an officer need not visit your home to address a complaint or concern.   

For further information, to register your pet or to place a report please call 1-800-836-6661.  


The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands contracts out Animal Control Services to Rainbow District Animal Services and By-Law Enforcement. Rainbow District Animal Services and By-Law Enforcement is responsible for stray or nuisance dogs (and their owners) in the Town of NEMI.
Please call to report roaming dogs, if you have found a dog, or to report anyone who is allowing their dog to be a nuisance to others.

(705) 673-DOGS (3647).
Or Toll Free at 1-800-836-6661
8:30 AM – 6 PM, 7 days a week*
*After hours service on Statutory Holidays!

After Hours:
For concerns regarding injured stray dogs, or situations where a dog is a threat to public safety;
Call one of the above numbers and press 5 for emergencies.
For all other emergencies call 9-1-1
Lost and found reports may be placed anytime by anyone on our on line on their website.

2024 Dog Licenses are available!

Click HERE for a copy of the pet license application form

**Please be reminded that under By-law 2016-06 and the Dog Owners Liability Act you are responsible for your dog and its actions at all times.

Do not let your dog run 

If you see a dog running at large contact Rainbow Animal Services and By-Law Enforcement at 705-673-3647 or 1-800-836-6661

All information is kept confidential.

Please be a RESPONSIBLE pet owner and keep your dogs on a leash and clean up after them.