New Animal Shelter Service For Port Coquitlam Begins Feb. 1

Port Coquitlam residents will soon have a new, larger destination nearby to be reunited with lost pets or adopt new ones.

As of Feb. 1, Port Coquitlam animal shelter services will be provided by Coquitlam Animal Shelter, a municipally-operated shelter at 500 Mariner Way that currently serves Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam entered into a five-year agreement for sheltering services in late 2021, after Countryside Kennels gave Port Coquitlam notice that it would be ending its contract.

The City’s new contract with Coquitlam Animal Shelter will provide Port Coquitlam residents with longer visiting hours, a larger facility and trained staff at a location not far from the two cities’ shared border.

The shelter has heated kennel floors, skylights, a dog playground, and outdoor and indoor cat play areas. It also operates a Pet Pantry that provides donated pet food and supplies to owners who are struggling financially.

The new contract builds on the existing relationship between the two cities, whose staff regularly work together on common issues.

The mutually-beneficial agreement provides Coquitlam Animal Shelter with additional contract revenue to fund new and existing services while meeting Port Coquitlam’s requirement for local, well managed shelter services. Under the agreement, Coquitlam will provide sheltering services while Port Coquitlam will manage its own dog licensing and removal of deceased animals from public spaces.

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The City of Port Coquitlam thanks Countryside Kennels for its long service to the community. Countryside began providing Port Coquitlam’s shelter services in 2008, after the SPCA closed its former location on Pipeline Road in Coquitlam.

Dog Licences Due Feb. 1

Dog licence fees are an important source of funding for Port Coquitlam’s Animal Control services, which include sheltering and adoption of strays, and bylaw enforcement related to dogs at large, dog bites, excessive barking, aggressive dogs, and dog waste in public spaces.

All dogs aged six months and older in Port Coquitlam are required to be licensed, with renewals due on Feb. 1 each year. Discounts are available for neutered and spayed dogs.

Go to to renew or apply online for a dog licence, or visit Port Coquitlam City Hall at 2580 Shaughnessy St. for in-person service. For information about dog licences, contact or 604-927-5425.


Ximena Ibacache
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5499