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Bradford West Gwillimbury

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

click to order dog tags online

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:

Call 905-775-5366 ext. 1702

Animal Services

BWG Animal Services is dedicated to the protection and improvement of animal standards which intend to foster a safe community for pets and their owners. Services include: enforcement of animal control regulations, public education, licensing of dogs, pick-up of injured or sick dogs, cats and wildlife and the operation of a animal shelter.

Emergency After-Hours Services are provided for domestic animals that require immediate medical attention. Other requests for service such as found and contained dogs, poop and scoop, licensing, barking, and running at large will be responded to during normal hours of operation.

Cat-related services:

BWG does not license​ cats (therefore no tags are required), and Animal Services does not patrol for stray cats; however, if there is a report about feral cats or damage to property, please contact Animal Services to begin an investigation.

Shelter services:

The Town of BWG has partnered with Roman Kennels (located at 3930 Yonge Street, Bradford) to provide shelter services for the municipality. This facility is a licensed kennel located within our municipality, making it convenient for BWG residents to pick up their found pet. The shelter is currently operating by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment by calling 905-778-3647.​

Dog Licensing click to learn why you need a dog tag

​​In accordance with the Animal Control By-law, 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. A maximum of three (3) dogs are permitted per legal household.​

Ways to license and register your dog:

Mail:Print and fill out th​e dog licensing form and mail it with 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 directly by the Town. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.

Online:​Click on the “Purchase Dog Tags” link above. You will be redirected to a secure form where you can input required information and pay with your credit card.

Your dog tag will be mailed to directly by the Town. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing.
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:
  • ​name, address, telephone number of the dog owner;
  • name, age, gender, breed, and colour of the dog; 
  • rabies vaccination number and expiry date
  • if your dog is spayed or neutered
  • Veterinarian’s name

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. Dog license fees assist in offsetting costs for animal 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.)
Licenses purchased between November 1st and January 31st are eligible for $5.00 reduction in price.

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 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 905-775-5366 x ext. 1102.

Pet Adoption​

The Town undertakes every effort to ensure pets are reunited with their family/loved ones. If an animal is unclaimed for a period of at least five (5) days, the pet may be available for adoption. Animal Services will communicate directly to the public via our Animal Services social media platforms​ to advise of any pets available for adoption. 

Please note that an application and non-refundable fee of $200 is required to process an adoption application. These efforts are undertaken to ensure any adopted pet is being transferred to a caring home, where all necessities including food, shelter and access to veterinary services are provided. ​