What kind of animals do you license?
BWG only licenses dogs. Every dog owner in BWG must obtain a license for each dog they own by January 31 of every year. You will receive a tag for each licensed dog, which must be worn on the dog's collar. Beginning with 2016 tags, the toll-free Animal Control number will be printed on all tags.
The Town of BWG Enforcement Division will issue tickets to owners of dogs found to be without valid tags.
How much is a dog licence/tag?
- Intact: $35
- Spayed or neutered: $30
- Dangerous or restricted breeds: $55
- Replacement tags: $5
How do I get a licence/tag?
You may purchase a licence and obtain a tag at the BWG Public Library or at the Town Administration Office at 100 Dissette St., Units 7&8, open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Tags may also be purchased from Animal Control officers or at K9 located at 6311 12th Line, Alliston.
The Town is currently investigating additional locations for licence/tag purchase to be rolled out in Fall 2015.
How many dogs am I allowed to have?
A maximum of three dogs are permitted per residential unit.
What if I only have my dog for part of the year?
The fee is per licence and is not pro-rated based on how long you own the pet.
Why do I need a licence/tag? My dog has a microchip.
Purchasing a licence does more than help us find your pet if it is lost. Microchipping your animal is a good precaution but cannot replace a tag.
Licensing fees fund all animal control activities, such as retrieving and caring for lost/stray dogs and cats, pet adoption services, enforcing pet-related by-laws, and the requirements of a licence help ensure that the dogs that your dog may interact with have up-to-date vaccinations. Animal Control also maintains a Facebook page where they post photos of lost and found animals to help reunite them with their owners.
If an animal is found, the tag allows them to be immediately identified to Animal Control, who can check their database and contact the owner without having to take the animal to a vet or shelter for the chip to be read. Microchips are not always activated and in some cases may not be found or properly read. The combination of a tag and microchip are your pets best defense.