Dogs YYC was created by a City of Calgary Off Leash Ambassador as a way to make information and activities easier to find for Calgary’s dog parents.
On behalf of the City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services, Off Leash Ambassadors liaise with dogs and their parents as a way of keeping the harmony between people and pets. They are oriented through the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw (23M2006), created in 2006, to do just that. Keep the harmony. They help educate dog parents on the benefits of licensing, the importance of cleaning up Fido’s feces, provide information on adoption and training resources, as well as locations of off leash areas throughout the city. Dogs YYC is just another tool to educate dog parents and point them in the right direction for all their dog related questions.
Note: While we at Dogs YYC prefer the term “Parent” over “Owner”, it’s just semantics and we think the bylaw is worth supporting.
If you, yourself, are interested in learning about the Off Leash Ambassador Program, check out the City of Calgary’s page where you can even apply to the program!
Dogs YYC heavily promotes pet adoption over purchasing from breeders. We acknowledge responsible breeders and ethical breeding practices, however, given the sheer number of dogs, cats, and other animals that are without fur-ever homes, our stance is firmly on the side of adoption. Whether you adopt from the Calgary Humane Society, City of Calgary Animal Services, or you take in a friend’s pooch when she can’t look after him anymore, your decision to adopt an unwanted or surrendered dog goes a long way to help the population of such dogs in Calgary. We have lots more information on adopting dogs in Calgary. If you are interested in buying from a breeder, we will be sourcing information on quality breeders around Calgary as well as some tips to ensure that you are not buying from a mill or backyard breeder.
Dogs YYC heavily advocates spaying and neutering your pets. Seriously, we’re all like Bob Barker on this. We all love puppies. Puppies make the world go round. However, whether it be because we love those squishy little faces, or maybe we want to make a little extra income, Calgary has a lot of dogs already. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of resources about lessening the financial burden of dog alteration. The city will even subsidize your dog’s spaying or neutering if you don’t make enough money. At the end of the day, though, fixing Ferdinand the Fox Terrier is cheaper for you and easier for him! We have more on the benefits of spaying and neutering for your information!
Dogs YYC also does not believe in breed-specific legislation. It is our mission to do what we can to help Calgarians find the necessary information to adopt a dog that suits their lifestyle and to find the training to help them become safe and effective dog parents. We are not obedience trainers, nor are we animal behaviourists, but we are in the company of both and we have never once heard that there was a non-medical behavioural issue that could not have been corrected by consistent and effective training and rehabilitation.
If you happen to have any information that we could pass on to Calgary’s dog parents, please get a hold of us! Dogs YYC is all about providing knowledge and building a community around our furry, slobbery BFFs. We welcome all of your feedback and even your constructive criticism.
WE LOVE ALL THE DOGGIES!
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