I saw all the signs – The Regional District enforces a zero-tolerance policy ($300 fine) on all unlicensed dogs.
So I being a good citizen and new dog owner went to the website on Sept. 25 and clicked the first link that said Online Dog License Link (Purchase or Renew) and I paid my $80 fee.
There was a cute video below that link that I went back and watched about a week later and then I saw beneath that… What the ?!?!?!
Annual License Fees
- Dogs who have reached 3 months of age are required to be licensed
- The cost of licensing your dog will vary based on whether the dog is spayed or neutered, if it is deemed dangerous, aggressive or nuisance and when you purchase the license
- All licenses expire December 31st
- License fees are non-refundable and non-transferable
- Licenses purchased for new dogs after September 30th in any year are valid for the remainder of the year and the next calendar year
So my dog was under 3 months old, was not possible for a minimum of 3 months to get neutered although 1 year is the veterinary recommendation, and I purchased my license 5 days before I could have saved myself the whole year.
I was very angry so I called the dog license office, no please, complaint or rationale could get me a pass on the 5 days and give me the license for the next year. The supervisor I requested did gleefully tell me I would save $20 if I paid before March 1st, 2018 and $40 if I got my dog neutered within 6 months even though I related that my Vet did not recommend so early on in my puppy’s life due to research about bones and hormones etc. Nope, the answer was – “It’s the bylaw, and now you know the rules.”
So that being told to me who has already been shovelling money out for a new puppy made me desire to start a campaign in regards to how ridiculous the cut-offs for permits are when it takes only grade school math to prorate licenses based on acquiring it. And for renewals, it’s not like you don’t have a big fat database of all the dogs and their addresses to send a reminder too.
Kelowna proudly crows that it is one of the most dog-friendly cities and being new to dog ownership I can’t claim to know better but I will be using this blog to review as many of the Dog related issues, activities and locals as possible. Along the way we are going to do what we can to support the dog community but the City of Kelowna you currently have scored 2 PAWS DOWN!