Pet registration is the foundation of responsible pet ownership and befits all pet owners as a whole. The Dog Control Bylaw 5235 for the City of Lethbridge requires that all dogs 6 months of age and older are to be registered by the owner and renewed yearly. Any person found to be in the care or control of an unlicensed dog is subject to fines starting at $150.
What is the purpose of a pet license?
The registration provides legal proof of ownership and allows the animal services team to quickly reunite lost pets with their families.
Animals found stray with an active license tag are eligible for a free ride home once a year.
Registration records provide valuable information on the pet population and its needs.
Annual registration fees support programs and services for the community.
Dog Fanciers License, for residents who wish to keep more than two dogs (max of four), allows the city to ensure that large numbers of dogs kept in one place do not negatively impact the neighborhood, and help to mitigate cases of animal hoarding and back yard breeding.
Registering a pet:
What are license fees used for?
It is important that you license your pet and make the annual payment, as these fees are used to support City of Lethbridge programs and services.
Offset the operating cost of the Lethbridge Animal Shelter.
Provide education programs to promote responsible pet ownership.
Support veterinarian treatment of cats and dogs in the care of the Lethbridge Animal Shelter including spay and neutering of adoptable pets.
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