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Toronto local laws mandate dogs and cats living in Toronto be licensed and have their licensure tag attached to their collar at all times. Licensing tags for pets contain Toronto Animal Service's contact information that protects a pet owner's privacy during the time it takes to return lost pets to owners.
When the Toronto Animal Service center receives a lost pet, they link the pet's licensing tag information to the contact information the pet owner provides at the time they purchase a pet license. In addition to ensuring pet owners are reunited with their pets as quickly as possible, licensing your pet provides funds to support programs operated by the Toronto Animal Services. One program involves helping homeless pets find forever homes through pet adoption campaigns. Other programs include spay/neuter, medical care and providing food to stray dogs and cats.
If you lose an unlicensed pet and it is found by law enforcement, you could be issued a $240 ticket before you can reclaim your pet. The maximum fine for having unlicensed pets in Toronto is $5000. Also remember, pets must be re-licensed every year. Pet licenses expire 12 months from the date they are purchased.
If you need to license your pet, please stop by our Toronto animal hospital for assistance. You can renew or purchase a pet license by calling our office, sending us an email, or visiting us at Jane Animal Hospital. We will take care of updating your contact information and provide that information to Toronto Animal Services. Just stop by, submit payment and your new pet license tags will be sent to you via mail. Also, be aware that you may be eligible for reduced license fees if you need a license for a service animal or you are a senior citizen.
To learn more about pet licensing in Toronto or to make an appointment, please call Jane Animal Hospital today at 416-762-5558.