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Dog and Cat Licences

All dogs and cats living within the City of Owen Sound must be licensed.

Dog tags must be renewed at the beginning of each calendar year using the Dog Tag Registration Form below:

Dog Tag Registration Form

We strongly encourage residents to return this form (along with payment) via one of the options below and the dog tag(s) will be mailed to you:

  • Email Service Owen Sound at serviceowensound@owensound.ca
  • Mail to City Hall (808 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H4)
  • Use the drop box at the front doors of City Hall or at the Service Owen Sound counter

Payments can be made via cheque, cash, debit, or credit at City Hall.

Please be aware of some of the rules of owning a dog in the City:

  • You must provide safe and humane living conditions for your dog;
  • You must remove dog feces right away;
  • Dogs must be indoors, in a fenced yard, in the City's dog park, on a leash or controlled by the owner at all times;
  • Dogs must be licenced each year and wear the licence on their collar;
  • You must contact the City if a dog changes owners or moves; and
  • You may keep up to 3 dogs in your home.

The City's Dog By-law has the complete list of dog rules.

The Leash-Free Dog Park is always open for dogs to roam freely in the fenced-in space at 1240 1st Avenue East. Please remember to pick up after your pet.

Cat tags are valid for the lifetime of a cat and can be purchased at the Service Owen Sound counter in City Hall (808 2nd Avenue East) or the Owen Sound Animal Shelter (2125 18th Avenue East).

Licensing fees are as follows:

  • Spayed/neutered - $30.00
  • Not spayed/neutered - $45.00
  • Replacement Tag - $10.00
  • Change of Ownership - $10.00

Please be aware of some of the rules of owning a cat in the City:

  • You must provide safe and humane living conditions for your cat;
  • Cats must stay on your property or be under your control at all times;
  • Cats must be licenced once and wear the licence on their collar;
  • You cannot abandon a cat in the City; and
  • If you can no longer take care of a cat, you may release it to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter.

The City's Cat By-law has the complete list of cat rules.

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