Adios old dog licences, there is a new pet registration in town

The following news release was issued by the Guelph Humane Society on December 5, 2014.

Guelph, ON, December 5, 2014 – The Guelph Humane Society is pleased to launch Guelph’s 2015 pet identification program, which for the first time, allows pet owners to purchase their tags online at

This registration process has several new benefits, the most important of which is Docupet’s online lost pet portal to help lost pets return home.

The pet’s identification tag now connects to a public website that engages the whole pet community to reunite lost pets with their owners quickly and safely. The Guelph Humane Society is continuing to provide their in-house lost pet services and are now offering a Free Ride Home Program to registered pets.

“This collaboration between the Humane Society, the City of Guelph, and DocuPet is a welcomed step in supporting pet identification,” says Shane Bateman, Chair of the Guelph Humane Society Board. “The online program will provide a more accessible and convenient way to register pets as well as ensure that properly identified lost pets find their way home.”

Pet registrations for 2015 are now available and can be purchased online at or in person at Service Guelph (dog registrations only) and the Guelph Humane Society. Dog registrations are sold at a discounted rate until February 28, 2015. A City of Guelph bylaw requires that all dogs be registered annually, and the tag must be worn at all times. A fine of $75 will apply if a dog is not registered as per City of Guelph By-law #(1991)-14008.

The pet registration satisfies the dog licensing requirement within the City of Guelph. Cats are not licensed but can be voluntarily registered in the program with all proceeds going to the Guelph Humane Society to support new services and programs aimed at addressing cat overpopulation in the community. In Guelph, only 13 per cent of stray cats that entered the shelter in 2014 were reunited with their families due to a lack of identification.

Whether the registration is performed online or in person, the new pet tags will be mailed to pet owners along with two DocuPet Rewards cards and further program information.

“We are equally excited to be able to reward citizens by having them become an exclusive member of DocuPet’s Rewards Program upon registering their pet,” adds Bateman. An annual rewards card gives pet owners access to local deals and discounts offered by participating locations. All active deals can be seen at

The Guelph Humane Society has been sheltering and caring for animals in Guelph and Wellington County since 1893. Each year the GHS cares for approximately 3000 animals in need, providing animal sheltering and adoption services, veterinary care and a progressive spay/neuter program. The Society also boasts strong humane education programs that impact thousands of children and youth annually. Visit to learn more.

For more information

Shane Bateman
Guelph Humane Society Chair