Animal Services and Dog Licences
Animal Control Officers are in BWG seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with officers actively on the lookout for dogs at large, and sick or injured dogs and cats. They are also responsible for clearing domestic animal roadkill.
K9 provides 24/7 emergency service, including 24-hour pick-up of strays when confined and 24-hour access to the shelter to drop off.
BWG does not licence cats (therefore no tags are required), and Animal Control does not patrol for stray cats; however, if there is a report about feral cats, K9 will investigate and pick them up if appropriate. They will also work with residents who have concerns about stray or "outdoor" cats on their property.
Kenneling/sheltering for both dogs and cats is provided by K9 at Maplelane Farms located at 6311 12th Line, Alliston. 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 pets and to visit the adoption centre.
If you have any concerns about a dog in Bradford West Gwillimbury, please contact Animal Services at 905-775-5366 x.1702 or
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In accordance with Dog 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:
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:
- Dangerous or restricted breeds:
(NOTE: Licences for dangerous or restricted breed dogs are only available by applying in person at the Town Administration Office.)
If you have been bitten by a dog, cat or wildlife, please contact one of the following:
- Enforcement Division 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.