Animal licensing

In Guelph, the Animal Control Bylaw regulates the keeping of pets and other animals within the city.

Residents are required to license their dog annually, and register snakes and poultry once. Cat licensing is optional for 2017, but will be required in 2018.

Licensing is an important part of being a responsible pet owner. Not only does it help connect an owner to a lost pet, but it helps provide animal control services to:

  • Reunite lost pets with owners
  • Shelter and feed lost animals
  • Provide emergency veterinary medical care for injured stray dogs and cats

Animal control services are provided by the Guelph Humane Society. Be sure that your pet is wearing a current dog or cat identification tag, which provides the Society with critical information to help return your pet home to you.

Dogs

Renew or purchase dog license

All dogs aged four months and older in Guelph are required to be licensed and have their tag affixed at all times.

Dog licences are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

When renewing or purchasing a dog licence, please have the following (if applicable):

  • Proof of spay/neuter and microchip
  • Proof of Canadian Kennel Club registration is required for a kennel licence

Providing your dog with proper identification significantly increases the likelihood that your dog will get home promptly in the event that he strays or becomes lost.

Not only is it one of the best gifts you could ever give your loyal companion, in Guelph, it’s the law. A fine of $75 will apply if your dog is not licensed as per City of Guelph By-law (2016)-20122.

Cats

Voluntarily purchase cat license

Cat licences are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

As of January 1, 2018, all cats in the city of Guelph are required to be licensed. There is an annual fee of $25 and $5 from the sale of each cat licence will go to a program that supports cat welfare. Note: Although wearing a tag is encouraged, if your cat is micro-chipped, it doesn’t need to wear a collar or identification tag.

Did you know? In 2015, 584 cats were brought in as strays to the Guelph Humane Society. Of those cats, only 77 were reclaimed by their owners—a reclaim rate of about 13 per cent. 

Snakes

Purchase reptile breeder license

There is a one-time fee of $25 for the registration of breeders of reptiles. Note: The licence is for the breeder, not each reptile.

Poultry

Purchase poultry keeper license

There is a one-time fee of $25 for the registration of keepers of domestic poultry. Note: The licence is for the keeper of domestic poultry, not each animal.

Sheep and goats

For more information, contact bylaw@guelph.ca.

Fees

The Council-approved 2017 fee schedule for licences will be updated by June 1.

Fee schedule for dog licenses

DESCRIPTION 2016 FEES
Spayed or neutered with microchip $40.00
Spayed or neutered without microchip $50.00
Microchipped, not spayed or neutered $50.00
Not spayed or neutered, no microchip $70.00
Replacement tag $10.00
Kennel licence, microchipped $85.00
Kennel licence, not microchipped $135.00
Service dogs No charge

Multi-pet licensing

Receive a 25 per cent discount on your second and subsequent animal licences within the same calendar year.

Subsidy

Receive a 50 per cent discount on an animal licence, if you qualify for a City of Guelph subsidy (i.e. Affordable Bus Pass, Fee Assistance in Recreation). If you currently receive a bus or recreation subsidy, you are already eligible for the 50 per cent animal licence subsidy. You are required to fill out a one-page application form authorizing the City of Guelph to use information that has been previously provided to qualify for the bus or recreation subsidies. If you do not receive a subsidy, and believe you are eligible, visit ServiceGuelph, 1 Carden Street, Guelph to fill out an application form (processing can take up to 10 business days). To receive the animal license subsidy, you must purchase the licence in person at ServiceGuelph, 1 Carden Street, Guelph.

Where to buy

Online at DocuPet

In addition to identification tags, DocuPet offers an online pet profile, a lost pet program, and a rewards card that gives you access to discounts at participating businesses.

Learn more about DocuPet’s Pet Ownership program.

City Hall

ServiceGuelph, 1 Carden Street
519-822-1260 extension 2117
serviceguelph@guelph.ca

(Cash, cheque, debit, Visa and Mastercard)
Note: Wait times are always shorter mid-month. Save yourself time by avoiding the end-of-month lineup.

Guelph Humane Society

500 Wellington Street West
519-824-3091

(Cash, cheque, debit, Visa, MasterCard)