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Bradford West Gwillimbury > Dog Tags

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Animal Services and Dog Licences

Call for assistance: 905-775-5366 x.1702

Hours of Operation and Emergency Service

Regular hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - (closed statutory holidays)
Emergency After-Hours Services: available 24/7 - call 905-775-5366 ext. 1702 and listen to call tree options

Animal Services

​The Town of BWG's Animal Services Officers are actively on the lookout for dogs at large and for sick or injured dogs and cats, as well as responding to reports and inquiries from the public. We are also responsible for clearing domestic animal roa​dkill.

Emergency After-Hours Services are provided for domestic animals that require immediate medical attention, or if you have a found domestic animal confined in your possession and are calling for pick-up. Other requests for service such as poop and scoop, licensing, barking, and running at large will be responded to during normal hours of operation.

Cat-related services:

BWG does not licence cats (therefore no tags are required), and Animal Services does not patrol for stray cats; however, if there is a report about feral cats, we will investigate and pick them up if appropriate. We also work with residents who have concerns about stray or "outdoor" cats on their property.

Shelter services:

Kenneling/sheltering for dogs is provided by Roman Kennels located at 3930 Yonge Street, Bradford. This facility is a licensed kennel located just a few minutes outside of BWG, making it convenient for BWG residents to pick up their found pet. This shelter operates by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment by calling 905-778-3647​.

If you have any concerns about a dog in Bradford West Gwillimbury, please contact Animal Services at 905-775-5366 x.1702.

Dog Licensing

​​In accordance with Animal Control By​-law 2006-027, every dog owner who is a resident of the municipality must obtain a license for each dog they own by January 31 of every year. There are a maximum of three dogs permitted per residential unit. 

Ways to license and register your dog:

By mail:Print and fill out the dog licensing form and mail it with credit card information or a cheque made out to the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury to:

Town of BWG​
100 Dissette Street, Unit 7 & 8
P.O. Box 100, Bradford, On, L3Z 2A7

Your receipt and dog tag will be mailed to you within approximately two weeks of your form and payment being received.

By e-mail:Save and fill out the dog licensing form​​ and e-mail it to the licensing officer with credit card information.
Your receipt and dog tag will be mailed to you within approximately two weeks of your form and payment being received.
In per​son:You may purchase or renew a dog licence in person at one of the following locations. Click the link for locations and hours:

​​Licensing requirements:

When applying for a licence, you will be required to ​provide the following:
  • Owner's name, address & telephone number
  • Dog name, breed, colour, age and sex
  • Rabies number and expiry date
  • Date of spay or neuter if applicable
  • Veterinarian's name, address and telephone number

Dog licensing fees:
Fees are annual and are not pro-rated for dogs obtained mid-year or for dogs you cease to own at any time during the year. Fees go towards offsetting the costs of animal control services.

  • Spayed or neutered: $30
  • ​I​ntact: $35
  • Dangerous or restricted b​reeds: $55
    (NOTE: Licences for dangerous or restricted breed dogs are only available by applying in person at the Town Administration Office.)

Dog Bites

If you have been bitten by a dog, cat or wildlife, please contact one of the following:

  • Town of BWG Animal Services at 905-775-5366 x.1702.
  • For a serious attack, please contact South Simcoe Police at 905-775-5311.

If a victim's skin is broken, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit must also be contacted at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to obtaining rabies vaccination information and possible quarantine of the animal.


To open a kennel in Bradford West Gwillimbury, you will require a kennel licence. The kennel licensing process includes a police criminal record check, appropriately zoned property, an inspection by an Animal Control Officer and a fee of $300. To receive more information or a copy of the application, please contact the Licensing Officer at the Town Administration Office at 905-775-5366.​