Animal Services

How to licence your pet

Options to license your pet

Contrary to popular belief, your pet licence fees don’t go to the City’s bottom line.

They go to helping animals in need.

To feeding and sheltering strays, veterinary care for lost and homeless animals and spaying and neutering initiatives.

Your fees pay for a lot of important things. Including an identification tag for your pet
that’ll help us reunite you should you ever get separated.

So quit shaking your head about pet licences and get yours today.

How to license your pet

The Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349, requires that all dogs and cats owned in the City of Toronto must be licensed and wearing a tag. By licensing your dog or cat, Animal Services will make every effort to reunite you with your pet.

Reasons to license your pet

Get rewarded for licensing your pet with the BluePaw program!

In additon, for a small annual fee, your pet can be returned to you if accidentally lost or if there is an emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Because the licence tag contains contact information for Toronto Animal Services, your privacy is protected.

Your licence fees go directly back to Toronto Animal Services to help support programs such as pet adoption, spaying/neutering and providing medical care for lost and homeless animals.

With a current pet licence, you can also get a microchip for only $10.00 at one of Toronto Animal Services’ Chip Truck events.

Please note: You cannot order a replacement tag, update your account information or change the status of your pet online. To do so, call our office at 416-338-7387.

Reduced fee opportunities for pet owners

Toronto Animal Services offers reduced fees for cat and dog owners, such as reduced licensing fees for service animals (e.g., guide dogs), pets which have been sterilized, and pets which are licensed by senior citizens. 

See Animal Services fees here

Failure to license your cat or dog each year may result in a $240.00 ticket. If you are taken to court under the current law, the maximum penalty is a $5,000.00 fine. 

Online payment

A new pet licence or pet licence renewal payment may be made by Visa, Mastercard or American Express. To protect your privacy and security it is recommended that you close the browser after completing the licence application.

License or renew your pet's licence online

Payment by mail

Applications can be mailed with a cheque or credit card information to any of our shelters, listed on the application form. 

Pet Licence Application for print

Payment by telephone

For payment by telephone please call our customer service staff at 416-338-PETS (7387), Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.