Within 30 days of becoming the owner of a dog or cat, you must register your pet, pay an annual licensing and tag fee, and provide a certificate that proves it has been vaccinated for rabies. In exchange, you will receive an identification tag that must always be displayed on the animal’s collar (this includes animals that have a microchip identification implant). This tag cannot be transferred to another animal.

The number of mature dogs (16 weeks and older) and cats (over 3 months old) that can be kept in each home is four, in any combination of:

  • two dogs and two cats; or
  • one dog and three cats; or
  • four cats.

If you owned more than this number before June 2005, the date this by-law came into effect—you are automatically allowed to keep the pets for the rest of their life.