Dog licenses for 2014 are now available for purchase at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) and at the Town of Gibsons.
The SCRD encourages responsible pet ownership through licensing, public education and enforcement. Licenses for spayed or neutered dogs are only $15 while a license for an unaltered dog is $35.
A dog license helps protect pets by providing an easy-to-identify dog tag and registration with the SCRD bylaw compliance department.
“Licensing a dog is one of the easiest ways of protecting the animal if it gets lost,” said SCRD dog control officer Sue Spurgeon. “When I see the registration tag on a dog, I am able to get the owner’s information and return the dog immediately to its rightful home.”
If a dog has a current license and it is impounded, it will get one “ride home free” per calendar year, and the owner will also avoid getting an “unlicensed dog” ticket, which is $50 for each infraction.
The SCRD provides dog control services in Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Elphinstone, West Howe Sound and to the Sechelt Indian Government District. The Town of Gibsons and the District of Sechelt provide dog control services to citizens living in those municipalities.
“Remember it is important to have the tag on the animal’s collar and to make sure the home address and phone number are current,” said Spurgeon.
Dog license renewal notices were mailed out last week to pet owners who have previously licensed their dogs. Seniors purchasing a dog license receive a 50 per cent discount. Licences purchased after Jan. 31 double in price.
“For most people, our pets are part of our family,” added SCRD board chair Garry Nohr. “Licensing your pet acts as a form of insurance, enabling the SCRD dog control officer to contact you if your pet becomes lost.”
For more information, visit www.scrd.ca/Dog-Control or call 604-885-6817.