Licensing your dog is mandatory under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw Section 3(1). All dogs must be licensed at 3 months of age. Your dog’s license can be ordered ONLINE via the City of Calgary website*!
Looking at that little tag, you’d never think that it could do so much. For a whole $37, your dog has a much better chance being reunited with you if she gets lost. Much more so than if she’s just chipped or tattooed. More still, the City can research and create better resources to keep you up to speed on dogs and doggie parenting. With the money from your licencing fees, our Animal Services officers are given better resources to enforce these bylaws that protect pets as well as people, lost dogs and cats get access to food and veterinary care, and the City can manage its own adoption program!
There is a lot that goes into licensing our furry family members that we don’t realize. Perhaps, though, the importance is often felt most at home.
A lot of dog parents get their dogs chipped and tattooed as well. This is the trifecta that gives your dog the BEST best chance at coming home. There is a misconception that having your dog chipped is enough, or even just tattooed. The problem here is that chips can move around in the body and tattoos can wear away. Your dogs license is a metal tag that is stamped with his personal number and that number is registered to you so if he is found wandering the countryside, even a passerby can identify a tag and see him to Animal Services so they can contact you.
Marty Keeps Losing his Tag!
ARGH! So frustrating! Just like kids. You’re at the park, Marty’s messing around with his friends and the next thing you know, the tag is gone! The good news is that your replacement tag is $5! Yes, you do have to bring in your registration or proof of purchase but that beats buying a new tag for full price, eh?
Is Doobie’s License Cheaper if He’s Fixed?
You betcha! While adopting an unaltered dog is certainly not illegal, the City of Calgary definitely offers incentives for folks who take the initiative to help keep the dog population in Calgary under control. How much incentive? About 40%.
Dog Licensing Fees: A Breakdown
According to “Schedule A” of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, Licensing Fees are as follows (with incremental increases over the next three years):
|Not Spayed or|
|Unaltered Dogs Under 6 Months|
When License was Purchased
What is a Vicious Animal?
What is a Nuisance Animal?
- *Keep an eye on the rates for dog and cat licenses. The City’s licensing page may still be showing 2015 rates, which will be lower than the table featured in this article. 2016 licensing rates will be higher.