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December 9, 2013
City of Toronto partners with Toronto Humane Society and veterinarians to sell pet licences
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.

"Each year, Toronto Animal Services reunites more than 2,200 pets with their owners," said Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport), Chair, Licensing and Standards Committee. "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."

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 per cent of dogs and 10 per cent 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.

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.

“The Toronto Humane Society is a firm supporter of pet licensing. We are pleased to now be able to provide pet owners with the option of purchasing or renewing their dog or cat licence directly at our 11 River Street shelter," said Jacques Messier, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Humane Society.

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Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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