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.
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This is Charlie, a rescue dog in Toronto. He has a pet license. All dogs and cats owned in Toronto must be licensed and wear a tag. The license must be renewed every year. *Note – if you’ve lost your tag and you need it replaced, please contact us at 416-338-7387. This cannot be done online. www.toronto.ca
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.
What Happens to Pet Owners with Unlicensed Pets?
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.
Jane Animal Hospital Can Help with Licensing Your Pet
All dogs and cats owned in Toronto must be licensed and wear a tag. License your pet by phone, by mail, in person or online. Click here for more info on licensing your pet.
Contact Our Local Veterinarian for Pet Licensing Information
To learn more about pet licensing in Toronto or to make an appointment, please call Jane Animal Hospital today at 416-762-5558.