From the Regional District of Central Okanagan
Posted: February 06, 2018
It doesn’t matter whether you have a dog named Bella, Charlie or Molly or own a Labrador, Shih Tzu or Border Collie, all dogs in the Central Okanagan must be licensed.
And you have until Wednesday, February 28 to either renew or purchase a 2018 licence for your dog in order to save $20 from the regular licensing fees. Until the end of February you’ll pay $20 for a dog that’s spayed or neutered and $60 if not. Starting March 1, licences return to the regular annual rate of $40 and $80.
“Thousands of dog owners are renewing their dog licences using the convenient and secure My Dog Matters Rewards and Licensing App” says Communications Officer Bruce Smith.
“Those who’ve already done this say, 'it’s never been easier,' and they can do it when it’s convenient to them. Time is valuable; with the App and easier web access; there’s no more lining up to renew in person. You can go to https://go.yourpetlicense.com or download the App from the Apple Store or Google Play. More information can be found at www.mydogmatters.ca/MDMApp.”
Owners may also renew in person at West Kelowna City Hall, the RDCO office in Kelowna, the Regional Dog Pound (890 Weddell Place), at any other local government office or the Kelowna branch of the SPCA. North Westside residents can purchase a licence at the main fire hall (514 Udell Road) in Killiney Beach. Please call 250-545-1195 in advance to ensure staff is available.
Renewing a licence through the App saves the cost of mailing renewal notices. Owners will also directly receive dog-related messaging and licensing reminders and their digital ‘My Dog Matters’ Rewards card. Showing it at more than 60 participating businesses provides an owner with special discounts and services as well as the ability to easily check retailers' offers.
In 2017, almost 23,000 dogs were licensed in the Central Okanagan. The Regional District continues to urge all dog owners to have a valid dog licence as there is zero tolerance for unlicensed dogs and a hefty fine by not having one.
There’s plenty of information available about dog licensing and Responsible Dog Ownership in the Central Okanagan at regionaldistrict.com/dogs.