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Monday, November 14, 2011

Animal & Bylaw Services Launches November Licensing Campaign

The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services is offering incentives during the Nov.14 -30 licensing campaign to encourage pet owners to license their cats and dogs.

“During the campaign, we are offering free six month licences for pets that have never been previously licensed,” said Bill Bruce, Director of The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services. “We are also offering pet owners whose pets’ licences have lapsed, an opportunity to renew the licences now without any late fees or back charges. We will simply prorate the licences for seven to 18 months to get pets back into their correct renewal month.”

These two offers are only available until the end of November by calling 3-1-1 or coming into the Animal Services Centre at 2201 Portland Street S.E. during regular business hours between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Due to limitations with technology, these offers are not available through the web site or the third floor cashiers in the Municipal Building.

A pet licence provides peace of mind for pet owners because it helps Animal & Bylaw Services reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners.  Pet licences help keep cats and dogs out of city shelters and get them safely back home where they belong.  A licence is a pet’s ticket home!

Approximately 90 per cent of the dogs and over 50 per cent of the cats residing in Calgary are currently licensed resulting in Calgary having one of the highest return-to-owner rates and lowest pet euthanasia rates in North America.

Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, all cats and dogs over three months of age residing in Calgary must be licensed. The yearly fee to license a spayed or neutered cat is $10 and $31 for a dog.  The cost to license an unaltered cat is $30 and $52 for a dog.

“During the licensing campaign, it is business as usual out on the street,” said Bruce.  “This means that if an officer sees an unlicensed cat or dog or if one comes into the shelter, the owner runs the risk of being fined $250 for having an unlicensed pet.  We encourage pet owners to take advantage of these incentives and protect their pets by purchasing a licence.

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