Leap year extends licence renewal

Lake Country and North Westside Road dog owners have a bonus day to save on their dog licence renewal.

Lake Country and North  Westside Road dog owners have a bonus day to save on their dog licence renewal.

That’s because this is a leap year and Feb. 29 is the deadline for 2012 dog licence renewals without a $20 late fee.

“Dog owners can renew their pet licence for $20 if the dog is spayed or neutered and $60 if it isn’t.  Starting March 1, renewals will cost an extra $20,” said Bruce Smith, with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Licenses can be renewed at the Lake Country municipal office and at veterinary clinics and pet stores.

A full list of licence locations is available on the back of renewal notices or by visiting regionaldistrict.com/dogs.

“Having a dog tag on your pet’s collar makes it very easy for our dog control officers and pound staff to re-unite stray pets with their owners,” said Smith.

“It’s often a matter of just a couple of phone calls, so paying the $20 licence fee now is a small price and could save you money.   Last year almost 65 per cent of the dogs that ended up in the pound were not licensed.”