Ermineskin Dog Care and Control Program

Ermineskin Animal Services

The Ermineskin Dog Care and Control Program (DCCP) was formed in 2017 with a mission to improve community safety and dog welfare in our Nation. The Ermineskin DCCP is one of the first programs of its kind in First Nation communities.

The Ermineskin DCCP is a comprehensive program which includes the following initiatives::

  • Legislation and Enforcement- The Ermineskin DCCP is responsible for the enforcement of Tribal Law number El6-01, Ermineskin Cree Nation Dog and Prohibited Animal Control Law. This legislation is focused on humane dangerous dog management and dog welfare requirements in an effort to place responsibility of the nations dogs on the individual dog owners. Remember, as a dog owner, it is your responsibility to contribute to a safe and healthy community for your family and neighbours.
  • Licensing and Registration- As per the Tribal Law E16-01, members are required to license their dogs with the Ermineskin DCCP. There are currently no costs associated with licensing your dog/s, and the license is lifelong. To register your dog, please contact the DCCP at 780-585-2004.
  • Access to multiple Resources (see list below):
  • Bite Prevention and Animal Care Education.

Ermineskin DCCP Resources :

  • Spay/Neuter Services
  • Ermineskin Dog Care and Control Program- Referral Services (Re-Homing of Pets and Concerns for Livestock or Wildlife)
  • Pet Food Bank – The Ermineskin Pet Food Bank offers temporary assistance to community members who need help feeding their pets. The food available through the Pet Food Bank is provided by donation from charities and business. Therefore, food is only distributed when donations are available from these supportive organizations. We do not have control over the consistency of these donations. Please keep an eye on social media for the distribution dates.

Have You Been Bitten by a Dog in Ermineskin Cree Nation?

If the bite has broken skin, wash the area immediately with soap and water. Contact Maskwacis Health Services or a local hospital for medical attention and to report the incident. Health staff will work with you to identify any vaccines that should be updated such as Tetanus. Please report the incident to the Ermineskin DCCP. Try to provide as many details as possible regarding the incident so that an investigation can be initiated.

Examples of details which will help the officer respond are:

Colour / Size


Sex (male or female)

Location of incident

What you were doing immediately before the altercation

Include any witnesses of the incident

Local Veterinary Hospitals / Spay & Neuter Clinics:

There are numerous veterinary hospitals located within 20 min of Ermineskin Cree Nation. Please contact the vet clinics directly for information regarding spay/neuter options. Below is a list of the clinics which can be found in local communities: Wetaskiwin Animal Clinic, Wetaskiwin Veterinary Hospital, Central Veterinary Clinic, Ponoka Veterinary Clinic

Central Alberta Humane Society Prevent Another Litter Subsidy The Central Alberta Humane society offers a low cost spay/neuter program for low income families. Costs are $60/dog and $30/cat.

Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force ASNTF is in high demand all over Alberta, therefore there is never a guarantee that they will have the capacity to provide a high-volume spay/neuter clinic for Ermineskin on an annual basis. Please keep an eye on social media for announcements!

If you are concerned about an animal in Ermineskin Cree Nation, please contact the Ermineskin Animal Services at 780-585-2004.