Dog owners across the Central Okanagan have until Feb. 28 to renew their dog licence, in order to save a late fee.
Dog licenses cost $20 for pet that’s been spayed or neutered and $60 if not. Starting March 1 , a $20 late fee is added to all renewals.
RDCO Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “We encourage all dog owners to purchase the Permanent Dog Licence tag. It’s only available at the Regional District KLO Road office and the Dog Pound in Kelowna and at the District of Lake Country municipal office on Bottom Wood Lake Road.
“The beauty of this tag is that once its purchased, owners don’t have to replace the tag on their dog’s collar each year. And in subsequent years they’re able to renew their licence online, saving themselves time and a trip out to get a new tag.”
All dogs must be licensed in the Central Okanagan. Licensing fees help to fund dog control services and pound operations.
“Unfortunately, dogs do accidentally get away, in spite of their owners best efforts. If a dog is wearing a licence tag when it’s found and reported to Regional Dog Control, our staff can often reunite the family by making a few phone calls, saving a trip to the pound,” he says.
Dogs that are not licensed and are impounded are subject to an additional $100 fee, on top of the regular impound and licensing fees.
Smith reminds dog owners that if their pet unfortunately gets away, they should contact the regional dog pound as quickly as possible. The regional dog bylaw only requires that a dog at be held at the pound for up to 72 hours.
Dog licenses may be purchased in person at any local government office, the North Westside Fire Hall and dozens of licensing agents, pet stores and veterinary clinics throughout the Central Okanagan.
Locations are printed on the licence renewal notice but are also available in the Dog section of the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/dogs. That’s where you’ll find other information about the Regional Dog service and what to do if you lose or find a dog.