October 07, 2013 - 11:12 AM
Many Central Okanagan dog owners have made the switch to the new Permanent dog license tag.
In fact, more than 2,000 came into the Regional District facilities to swap their 2013 annual tag for the Permanent one* that will give them the opportunity to annually renew their dog license online.
As an incentive to make the swap by the end of September those owners that switched to the Permanent tag were entered into a random draw for prizes.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “The Regional District thanks everyone who made the license tag swap for free. All three winners of our random drawing for prizes have been contacted. While the contest incentive may be over, we still encourage any dog owner that has a 2013 annual license tag* to drop by our 1450 KLO Road office Monday through Friday, or any day of the week during regular operating hours at the Regional Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Place and receive their Permanent License tag.”
Smith adds, “There’s no cost to switch to the Permanent tag. By making the change now, dog owners will not only have the convenience of renewing their annual dog license fee online, but they don’t have to receive a new dog tag every year. The swap only takes a few minutes and you don’t have to bring in your 2013 tag. Our staff can quickly check that the person has a valid dog license and they’ll receive a new Permanent License tag for their dog’s collar.”
Smith says, “In addition to the tag swap, until the end of October we’re also asking dog owners if they’re harbouring a fugitive and giving them a no-cost chance to license their pet. We’re providing a free 2013 dog license and ‘My Dog Matters’ rewards program card to any unlicensed dog owner in the region. Since the start of this one-time License Amnesty program October 1st, more than 400 previously unlicensed dogs have been given a 2013 dog license, making them legal under the Regional District dog bylaw. We encourage other dog owners who’ve not yet licensed their pet to take advantage of this free license opportunity and rewards card program. Starting in January, there will be Zero Tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan and violators will face fines substantially higher than the present $100. Increased fines will make the annual cost of a dog license much more attractive.”
Information about the License Amnesty and Tag Swap can be found at regionaldistrict.com/dogs. That’s where you’ll find other information about the Regional Dog service and what to do if you lose or find a dog.
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