Dog owners across the Central Okanagan have until Friday (Feb. 28) to renew licences for their dogs if they want to avoid paying a late fee.
Dog licenses cost $20 for pet that’s been spayed or neutered and $60 for a pet that has not been spayed or neutered. As of March 1, a $20 late fee will be added to the cost of all renewals say regional district officials.
Under current bylaws, all dogs must be licensed in the Central Okanagan.
Licensing fees help fund dog control services and pound operations and an annual $67,000 grant to the Kelowna SPCA branch for dog adoptions, its spay and neutering and education programs.
CORD communications officer Bruce Smith said that in spite of their owners best efforts, accidents do happen and dogs can get away.
“If a dog is wearing a license tag when it’s found and reported to regional dog control, our staff can easily reunite the family by making a few phone calls, saving a trip to the pound.”
The owners of dogs found not licensed are subject to a $300 fine.
Smith said if a dog does run off, owners should contact the regional dog pound as quickly as possible.
The regional dog bylaw requires a dog at be held at the pound for a minimum of 72 hours.
Dog licenses can be renewed online or in person at any local government office in the Central Okanagan and at the North Westside Fire Hall.
Locations and more information are available in the dog section of the regional district ‘s website at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.