Toronto residents can now purchase or renew their dog or cat licence at the Toronto Humane Society and participating veterinarians across the city. Licences will still be sold at the four Toronto Animal Services' shelters and on the City's website through the e-Pet portal.
In accordance with Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, all dog and cat owners in the City of Toronto must purchase a licence for their pet. Recent estimates show that only 30% of dogs and 10% of cats in the City of Toronto are licensed.
Through pet licensing, Animal Services makes every effort to reunite owners with their pet if it becomes accidentally lost or in the case of an emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Each year, Toronto Animal Services reunites more than 2,200 pets with their owners. When pets are licensed, the animal care and control officers on the street do not ever have to bring the animal to the shelter. The pet and owner can be reunited almost immediately.
Licensing 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. Toronto Animal Services provides care for thousands of unwanted, injured, abandoned or lost animals each year.
See where you can purchase a pet licence in your neighbourhood.