Dogs are required to wear their licence tags at all times. Cats that have either a microchip or legible tattoo are not required to wear their licence tags. Cats must wear their licence tags if they have no form of permanent identification, or if they have tattoos that are no longer legible.
Pet licences may be purchased in person at City Hall or by using the overnight deposit slot for payment by cheque or money order. For your convenience, pet licences may also be purchased from the Regina Humane Society or at your local veterinarian clinic. Remember to reference your pet’s license number.
The annual cost of an animal licence is $20 for a cat and $25 for a dog if they are:
- Sterilized (spayed/neutered)
- A puppy/kitten (under 6 months of age)
- A show dog/cat (copy of entry form & receipt required)
The annual licence fee for a cat or dog is $100 if they do not meet any of the above conditions. Replacement tags are available at the cost of $5.
You are required to renew your licence annually and to keep your licence updated when you move and/or your pet is given away, lost, stolen or is deceased.
Unlicensed & Stray Animals
Stray animals are captured by Animal Protection Officers and taken to the Regina Humane Society. If your pet is licensed and can be identified, the Humane Society will contact you within 24 hours. If your pet is unlicensed, you can call the Humane Society and provide them with a description of your pet in case it is picked up.
To retrieve your pet from the Humane Society, you must pay the following:
- $35 impoundment fee (+ $15/day after 3 days)
- between $100 and $300 fine for running at large
- between $150 and $350 fine if unlicensed
If your pet does not have a licence, you will also have to pay for it to be licensed.
Animals not claimed within 3 days may be put up for adoption or humanely euthanized.
Benefits of Licensing
Licensing your pet helps to identify and protect your pet in case it becomes lost. Even indoor pets can get out and become lost. A pet licence is not only a requirement, but it provides the following benefits:
- A licence tells everyone that your pet is not a homeless stray.
- Licences enable Animal Protection Officers to return your missing pet to you as soon as possible.
- With a licence, you are eligible for one “Get Out of Jail Free” redemption for sterilized animals.
- Animal licensing is an essential part of animal care and control in our community. Licence fees support animal control services, animal impoundment services and administrative and educational services.