Pet owners can purchase 2019 animal licences and tags for their cats and dogs beginning Dec. 1. The one-year licence is valid from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.
Three-year and lifetime dog and cat tags are also available, Greater Sudbury said in a news release Friday.
Pet owners in the city are required to license dogs and cats 12 weeks of age or older. Pets must be licensed by Jan. 31 each year.
Fees from the purchase of licences are used to provide food, shelter and care for lost pets, and to support the adoption of unclaimed pets, the release said.
Residents can purchase their pet licences online at greatersudbury.ca/animals, at any Greater Sudbury Public Library or Citizen Service Centre, and at participating pet stores and veterinary clinics. For a list of the locations, visit the city's website.
One-year licence fees are as follows:
- $26 for spayed or neutered pets
- $41 for unaltered pets
- For pet owners aged 65 and older the cost is $21 for spayed or neutered pets and $31 for unaltered pets
The release said the benefits of an up-to-date pet licence include:
- Residents are more likely to approach a stray dog or cat if it is wearing a tag and animal shelter staff can contact the owner immediately.
- One free ride home the first time a stray dog or cat is picked up by Greater Sudbury bylaw officers. The pet won't be taken to the animal shelter if arrangements can be made to meet the owner at home.
- The Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter will contact owners of deceased pets collected from municipal roads if the pet can be identified.