Regional district earns honour

Regional District of Central Okanagan has received an honourable mention in the 2017 Best Practices, Excellence in Action category

  • Oct. 2, 2017 9:13 a.m.

Efforts by the Regional District of Central Okanagan to encourage and support responsible dog ownership have been recognized by the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

RDCO has received an honourable mention in the 2017 Best Practices, Excellence in Action category for its ongoing promotion of responsible dog ownership in the Central Okanagan.

“Since a major service review in 2012 of the dog control service, the regional district has undertaken many strategic changes and planned improvements,” said Bruce Smith, communications officer.

“These have resulted in a substantial increase in the number of dogs that are licensed in the region (24,122 in 2016 vs 12,818 in 2012) and an increase in the level of cost-recovery for the service, lowering the contributions required from general taxpayers. As well, there’s been a marked decrease in the number of dogs that are impounded without a license, making it easier for staff to reunite lost dogs with their owners.”

A number of initiatives have been introduced over the past five years to support responsible dog owners including a complete overhaul of bylaw regulations resulting in the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw, introduction of the My Dog Matters rewards program, the new My Dog Park Finder App, summertime dog ambassadors and introduction of online dog licensing to remove barriers and make it more convenient for owners to purchase and renew licenses each year.

“We’re proud of our dog control program for being proactive with responsible dog ownership. Our staff is often contacted by other local governments interested in learning about our creative approach,” said Gail Given, RDCO chairperson.

“We believe that most dog owners are responsible and want to encourage and support them. The results show that we’re on track and we’ll continue to pursue initiatives to support responsible dog owners.”

Just Posted

The Paperboys visit Kelowna

Check out the Rotary Centre for the Arts Jan. 27

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

Rutland students help less fortunate

At Rutland Senior Secondary, students are helping the homeless this holiday season

Lake Country seniors receive Christmas surprise

Hampers will be given to 20 lucky seniors in need next week

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of sexual harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Most Read