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Central Okanagan dog licence owners have an extra day to pay
Central Okanagan dog owners have an extra day to save on their dog licence renewal. That’s because this is a leap year and Feb. 29 is the deadline for 2012 dog licence renewals without the $20 late fee.
Dog owners can renew their pet licence for $20 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $60 if it isn’t. Starting March 1, renewals will cost $40.
Licenses can be renewed at 28 vendor locations across the Central Okanagan including all local government offices and many veterinary clinics and pet stores. A full list of licence locations is available on the back of renewal notices or by visiting regionaldistrict.com/dogs.
“Many dog owners are taking the opportunity to purchase the new permanent dog licence from either the regional district office (1450 KLO Road) or the regional dog pound (860 Weddell Place)," said regional district communications officer Bruce Smith .
"The permanent licence is the only dog tag they’ll have to attach to their pet’s collar and it allows them pay for future licence renewals online.”
He added this is a particular benefit for "snowbirds" who may not be here during licence renewal time.
Revenue from the sale of licenses helps offset the cost of providing dog control services throughout the entire regional district and promotes responsible dog ownership.
"The benefits are very clear," said Smith. "Having a dog tag on your pet’s collar makes it very easy for our dog control officers and pound staff to re-unite stray pets with their owners. It’s often a matter of just a couple of phone calls, so paying the $20 licence fee now is a small price and could save you money. "
Last year almost 65% of the dogs that ended up in the pound were not licensed. Before a pet could be returned, owners had to pay an additional $100 fee on top of the regular impound and licensing fees.”
Dog owners are reminded that the dog control bylaw only requires the regional district to hold a dog at the pound for up to 72 hours.
“That’s why we encourage the owners of dogs that unfortunately do get away to contact our dog control staff as quickly as possible so we can facilitate a happy reunion," said Smith.