The licensing of dogs and cats in Toronto has become a snarly stand-off between pet owners who refuse to pay licensing fees and the city that continues to push the bylaw on them.
For years, the city has worked hard at promoting pet licensing with public awareness campaigns, graduated licensing fees, a mobile licensing truck and loyalty programs but compliance is dismally low. According to the Toronto Animal Services (TAS) website, estimates show that just 30 per cent of dogs and 10 per cent of cats in Toronto are licensed. That means in Toronto last year an estimated 128,205 cats and 127,377 dogs illegally roamed city streets, alleys and parks as unlicensed pets. And though 80,000 pet licences were issued last year, the city is aiming its sights higher this year and hoping for 100,000 pet licences.
“(The numbers are low) because there is a lack of information about what the fees go to support,” says TAS manager Elizabeth Glibbery. “People don’t understand the importance of licensingRead More »from What are pet licenses for, and does your dog or cat really need one?