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Sagamok Animal Control
Stanford John

(705) 863-2994

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Sagamok Anishnawbek Animal Control


Sagamok Community Animal Control Regulations


Resolution No. 2005-09-753  

By-Law for the Regulation of Dogs, September 6, 2005


Sagamok Anishnawbek By-Law for the Regulation of Dogs

Updated January 2010


Sagamok Dog Registration Form


Sagamok's Animal Control By-Laws were enacted under Band Coucnil approvals as identified in the following federal legislation: 




81 (1) The council of a band may make by-laws not inconsistent with this Act or with any regulation made by the Governor in Council or the Minister, for any or all of the following purposes, namely,

(e) the protection against and prevention of trespass by cattle and other domestic animals, the establishment of pounds, the appointment of pound-keepers, the regulation of their duties and the provision for fees and charges for their services;



Appointment of justices

107 The Governor in Council may appoint persons to be, for the purposes of this Act, justices of the peace and those persons have the powers and authority of two justices of the peace with regard to

(a) any offence under this Act; and

(b) any offence under the Criminal Code relating to cruelty to animals, common assault, breaking and entering and vagrancy, where the offence is committed by an Indian or relates to the person or property of an Indian.

Laws in Ontario concerning pets

The following legislation at the FEDERAL and PROVINCIAL level shape the legal framework for the social relationship between humans and animals (including dogs and cats) in the province of Ontario. 

Federal Legislation



An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)   S.C. 2008, c. 12 (Assented to April 17, 2008)



Provincial Legislation



Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.36 (current May 28, 2015)


Regulations under this Act: 





Animals for Research Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.22 (current   May 30, 2017)


Regulations under this Act: 

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 22: GENERAL (current June 13, 2006)


R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 23: POUNDS (current March 27, 2009)


R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 24: RESEARCH FACILITIES AND SUPPLY FACILITIES (current March 27, 2009)




Blind Persons' Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7 (current December 31, 1990)


Regulations under this Act: 

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 58: GUIDE DOGS (current December 9, 2005)




Dog Owners' Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.D.16 (current March 8, 2018)


Regulations under this Act: 

O. Reg. 157/05: PIT BULL CONTROLS (current August 29, 2005)



e)  “NO PET” PROVISIONS VOID under Part II (Tenancy Agreements) under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006

Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c. 17 (current January 1, 2018)



f)  GUIDE DOG ALLOWANCE under the Ontario Works Act, 1997

Ontario Works Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 25, Sched. A (current June 1, 2017)


Regulations under this Act: 

O. Reg. 134/98: GENERAL (current March 1, 2018)

These are some of the things we've accomplished so far!

Anish nabe "Feb 2014 Dog"  YouTube [March 27, 2014  16:26]

Anish nabe  "Sagamok News March 1"  YouTube [March 27, 2014  17:56]   {Second Dog Bylaw Meeting, Biidaaban Classic, Land Use and Occupancy Celebration}

The media's noticed what we're doing!

Moodie, Jim  "Doghouses built for northern winters"  Sudbury Star [December 11, 2015]

Seto, Chris  "Guelph students put together dog houses for First Nation community"  Guelph Mercury  [December 1, 2015]


IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare  "Piloting Humane Community Development in Sagamok"  YouTube [November 17, 2015  5:32] 


Hanneth, Janice  "Humane Community Development pilot a success in Sagamok First Nation"  IFAW [January 26, 2015]


Toulouse, Colleen  "ARF is the word for these patients"  Anishinabek News [November 28, 2013]


Dannenhold, Kara  "The Ontario Spay, Neuter Task Force"  Kidsumers [May 7, 2013] 



Welcome of the Sagamok Animal Control webpage!


Visit this page for upcoming events and activities that enhance your pet's (and by extension, your whole family's) wellness in the Sagamok community!


Along the right bar, you'll find links to Sagamok's Animal Control Bylaw that was approved in 2005.  Have a read of this important framework document as it sets expectations for pet ownership for Sagamok families and individuals to ensure that our community's animal populations are healthy, well and sustainable. 


Along the right bar, you'll also find links to both federal and provincial pieces of legislation (laws) that impact your ability to have an animal (as a pet or as a tool like a companion dog) in Ontario.   



Upcoming Activites and Events!


On Saturday, April 7, we are hosting our Annual Pet Wellness & Vaccination Clinic from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Enji Wii Ji Gaabwitaadaying Gamik (New Community Hall) located at 5507 Star Road in Sagamok's Fort Subdivision.


This event is a great opportunity have your loved one vaccinated and registered if you haven't already done so.  Trained veternarians will be on hand to answer all your pet-related questions.  














































All pets living in Sagamok Anishnawbek must be registered with animal control services and vaccinated

- Bylaw BCR - 2005-09-753 Dog By-Law




Want to register your pet? 


Download your registration form here and return it to Stanford Owl in person or by email at 


If you require assistance with your registration form or would like to inquire about receiving a hard paper copy, please don't hesitate to email Stanford or give him a call at (705) 863-2994


Visit our facebook group "Sagamok Anishnawbek Animal Control"

for upcoming events and activities, stories to enhance your whole family's health and safety, training tips and posts showcasing the love we have for our pets here in Sagamok.  

Meet Bailee! Sh'e a four-legged Sagamonian that was rehomed in April 2013 in the London, Ontario area by Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in partnership with Sagamok Animal Control.


Read the story of Bailee's first foster mom in "I rescue dogs, what's your superpower" found online in irescuedogsblog.


This beautiful four-legged was born in Sagamok (with mom Renata). She is a bearded terrier named Odyssey but her family calls her Ody.

Ody was born in Sagamok and re-homed by ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) out of London, Ontario.

Read Ody's Adoption Story here!

Follow the photo journey Ody's new mom put together

Find out more about ARF here:


Excerpts from the Sagamok Anishnawek Housing Policy concerning pets in band-managed housing units (also contained in the standard Sagamok Anishnawbek Housing Tenant Agreement):  

7.  Acts of Prohibition:

That both the First Nation and Tenant mutually agree that the following Acts are prohibited and this agreement becomes automatically void upon contravention:

b.  Prohibited pets – canines, felines, rodents, reptiles, cannot be housed inside the residential unit except under  special circumstances.  Tenant must submit such requests for review and approval but the request shall be accompanied by documentation by a practicing professional  ie. eye seeing dog.


Anishinaabeg Stories & Teachings

Relationships with Animals


Why Animals and Man Can No Longer Talk Together [2 pages]


How Dogs Came to the Indians – An Ojibwa Story  [2 pages]


On the dog’s betrayal of animals to humans and his punishment: (We are looking for this story!)

“Animosh w‘guah izhitchigaet/What the Dog Did” in Basil Johnston, The Star Man and Other Tales (Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1997), at 44-51 [Animosh w‘guah izhitchigaet/What the Dog Did];




























































Meet our Community Partners in 

Keeping Sagamok's Pet Populations Healthy, Well and Sustainable



"The Animal Rescue Foundation of Ontario" (ARF Ontario) is based in London, Ontario and works with local First Nations areas and Rural communities to help find permanent loving homes for unwanted strays.


ARF’s Vision: To promote humane treatment, compassion, and respect towards all companion animals.


ARF’s Goals:

  • To implement accessible and affordable spay/neuter surgeries for adult companion animals and to reduce the overall number of strays needing to be rescued.
  • To educate the public on the benefits of positive training techniques.
  • To support Bite Prevention Campaigns, working towards reducing the number of dog bites in the community and helping to keep families and their companion animals safe.

Dog ARF  “Crate Training”  Awesome Dogs [November 9, 2013   7:29]   



Dog ARF  “Loose Leash Walking 0001”  Awesome Dogs [August 10, 2011   10:20]  



Dog ARF  “Training a Deaf Dog the Stay Command”  Awesome Dogs [February 13, 2013   5:05]  



Dog ARF  “Teach a deaf dog the “leave it” command”  Awesome Dogs [February 16, 2013   6:17]  



Dog ARF  “Teach a deaf dog to touch your hand”  Awesome Dogs [February 12, 2013   3:34]  


IFAW’s mission is to rescue and protect animals around the world.  They rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, and preserve habitat.

Our Approach:  We are international, with local expertise and leadership in all of our field offices. Through strong international coordination, we leverage regional campaigns and projects to achieve global influence and impact.


We use our hands-on projects on the ground to inform and influence policy and practices at the international, national and community level.


Our work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined.


We work closely with communities to find solutions that benefit both animals and people.


Our team:  Our team includes rescue workers, conservation specialists, rural community development experts, wildlife crime prevention and enforcement professionals, veterinarians, policy experts, campaigners, scientists, educators and the highest quality support staff all driven by a determination to help animals in need.