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Animal Services Launches Door to Door Pet Licensing

April 29, 2013 – Animal Services officers will now be visiting the homes of pet owners with expired pet licences to allow them to purchase one ‘on-the-spot’ without being subjected to retroactive fees or additional fines.

The door-to-door campaign is intended to increase the number of licensed pets, and provide awareness of the pet licensing by-law and the many benefits licensing provides owners.

“Animal licensing fees help reunite pets with their owners,” said Jody Kondrat, Supervisor, Animal Services. “It also contributes to the many things that Animal Services provides including food and shelter for stray animals, lost and found assistance, adoptions, emergency medical care for injured dogs and cats and skills for dealing with dangerous dogs.”

All dogs and cats must be licensed in Thunder Bay.  Annual fees can range in price from $15 - $50. They can be purchased on-line at, Victoriaville Civic Centre, Animal Services Centre, Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, local veterinary clinics and many pet supply stores. Those who refuse to license their pet will be subject to a $195 fine.

For more information on Animal Services, and to view profiles on all pets available for adoption visit:

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Contact: Ron Bourret, Manager – Licensing & Enforcement, 625-2644