Early bird discounted rates for Town of Ponoka animal licences began this month.
According to the town’s animal control bylaw, all dogs and cats six months of age and older must be licensed annually.
The town says, “An animal licence is your pet’s ticket home” and helps ensure they can more easily be returned home safely by the town’s animal control contractor, Old MacDonald Kennels.
“Licensing also saves pet owners added cost if your animal accidentally escapes your property, which can result in a fine for failing to license your cat or dog,” states a release from the town.
Animal licence fees offset some of the cost of animal control services provided by the Town of Ponoka.
Residents will be able to access the early bird rate by renewing their animal licences for the 2023 year by Dec. 31.
The early bird rate also applies to:
• New Ponoka residents who move to town as of Oct. 1, 2022 and own a dog and/or cat; and
• Residents who become first time animal owners of a dog and/or cat as of Oct. 1, 2022.
The early bird rates are $15 annually for spayed or neutered animals or $30 for unaltered animals.
Documented proof of spay or neuter is required to qualify for the discounted altered animal rate. This can include an official letter from your veterinarian or a receipt from the procedure.
To learn more about dog and cat licences, visit www.ponoka.ca/p/dog-cat-licences.