September 04, 2013 - 9:34 AM
Dog owners who have licensed their pet in the Central Okanagan are encouraged to visit the Regional District before September 30th.
Those with a 2013 tag are asked to stop by the RDCO office (1450 KLO Road) or the Weddell Place Dog Pound in Kelowna to receive a new Permanent License tag for their pet. There’s no cost to switch to a Permanent tag. *
The Regional District is making the switch to the Permanent License tag now, so that dog owners will have the convenience of renewing their annual dog license fee online.
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “Dog owners don’t need to bring in their existing 2013 annual tags. If they stop by our KLO Road office between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays, or the Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Place (9:00 am to 5:00 pm – closed 1:00 – 2:00 pm) any day of the week, our staff can quickly check that their dog license is valid and provide them with the new Permanent License tag for their dog’s collar.”
The Regional District also plans to attend some events in several municipalities and outlying areas in order to help dog owners make the switch to the new Permanent tag. The Regional District will also have a tent at the SPCA ‘Paws for a Cause’ fundraising event at Kelowna City Park this Sunday morning September 8th so that owners can swap their license tag or purchase a license.
Smith adds “Every dog owner that makes the switch by September 30th will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $100 and a free 2014 dog license or an additional prize of $50 or $25.”
He says, “Another benefit of the Permanent tag is that owners don’t have to receive a new tag every year, in addition to the convenience of being able to renew and pay online.”
In all, the license tag swap affects approximately 72 hundred dog owners in the Central Okanagan. Since August, anyone purchasing a new dog license has received the Permanent tag.
In addition Smith says, “We’ve had a tremendous response from dog owners to the ‘My Dog Matters’ rewards program and mydogmatters.ca website. More than 30 local businesses have joined the program by offering card holders special discounts and services. So the only way a dog owner can benefit is to purchase a current, valid RDCO dog license.”
Dog licences may be purchased in person at any local government office in the Central Okanagan. Locations are available in the Dog section of the Regional District website 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.
Starting January 2014, there will be zero tolerance for any dog found without a license. Dogs not licensed and impounded are subject to an additional $100 fee, on top of the regular impound and licensing fees.
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