Following a two year campaign lobbying the City of Ottawa, together with a broad coalition of partners and supporters, PAWS was successful in obtaining a 21 to 3 vote in favour of amending Bylaw 2002-189 with respect to restricting the sale of cats and dogs sold for profit in Ottawa pet stores and retail outlets.

An adoption-only model for Ottawa pet stores will take effect on May 25, 2021, following a five (5) year transition period. In the meantime, consumers can take advantage of the following key points as written into the bylaw:

  •  A 48 hour cooling off period whereby consumers can return a cat or dog for a full refund. This is to protect both consumers and animals in the case of consumers who buy on impulse and then experience buyers remorse.
  • A certificate containing key information about a cat or dog’s history and veterinarian information.

The amendments to the bylaw can be seen here:   Amendments to Bylaw May 25, 2016


PAWS formal submission and recommendation to the City of Ottawa can be seen here:

PAWS FINAL Recommendations Report to City of Ottawa February 16, 2016