Where is serval ownership legal in British Columbia?
Please double check all info below before purchasing incase of bylaw changes.
Servals are considered legal in the province of B.C. and this is clear in the Alien Species Act (2009) They are not considered a dangerous animal and have not been banned Provincially. The majority of communities in the province have no further restrictions on ownership (since servals have never posed a problem) In 2007 the SPCA did a bylaw review of the 25 largest municipalities plus 18 others, and this table is from results of their review showing serval ownership legal in 35 out of 43 communities
100 Mile House, Alberni-Clayoquot RD, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Comox, Cranbrook(with permit), Dawson Creek ( with permit), Delta, Fort St. John, Grand Forks, Kamloops(with permit), Langley, Maple Ridge (Pending), Nanaimo, Nelson, North Cowichan, Parksville, Penticton, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Powell River (on agricultural land), Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Richmond, Saanich(with permit), Salmon Arm, Squamish, Surrey, Trail, Vernon, Victoria, West Vancouver, Williams Lake
There are a few provinces that you can not own a Serval's like Alberta. So check your Province and municipal bylaws before you purchase a cat.
Alberta Servals and Savannahs F1-F4 are not permitted.
Domesticated Serval video (above)
The Serval has been domesticated for over 5000 years, the ancient Egyptians not only had these majestic cats as pets but they worshiped the serval for its grace and power. This is a highly intelligent animal and as a pet is very much dog like.