Dog Control - Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my dog need a license?

How do I make a complaint about a dog?

My dog is missing, what do I do?

Where is the Dog Pound located?

Where do I purchase a licence for my dog?

What parks can I take my dog to?

Why does my dog need a licence?

  1. A valid dog license tag attached to your dog’s collar is its ticket home. 

    A dog licence is like insurance for your dog in the unfortunate event that it does get away.  Purchasing a dog license is the first principle of responsible dog ownership. 

    If your dog’s picked up, turned into the pound, or the finder calls information into the Dog Control service, a license is the easiest way to get your dog home.  Our Dog Pound staff and field officers have access to license information.  Once we confirm your dog license number, we can often facilitate a reunion, sometimes without having you make a trip to the pound.  That saves you time and money and gets your pet back quicker. 

    In addition to a dog license tag, forms of permanent identification, like a tattoo or implanted microchip are also encouraged.  These identification methods can be helpful in the unusual event that your dog loses its collar and dog licence tag.

  2. It’s the law and can save you money.  

    The cost of a license is low compared with the cost of purchasing a license and paying the fine of $300 plus any additional impound costs, if your unlicensed dog escapes and is cared for by our staff at the regional Dog Pound. 

    Regional District of Central Okanagan Consolidated Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343, states"10.  Every person who owns a dog and resides in the Regional District for more than 30 days shall obtain a license".   There is zero tolerance for unlicensed dogs in the Central Okanagan.   The owners will face a $300 fine if their dog is without a license.

  3. License revenue helps fund important programs for dog owners right across the Central Okanagan. 

    Through the sale of licenses, dog owners contribute to the care provided at and operation of our Regional Dog Pound and our Dog Control Service.   Licensing fees also go towards the annual $92,000 contribution from the Regional District to the Kelowna branch of the BC SPCA for its public education, dog adoption, Spay and Neuter Program.

  4. Dog License Data can help with future service needs. 

    Licensing information such as the number of dogs in an area can be used by planners to help determine what services (i.e. park land, dog parks, off-leash dog facilities) may be required.   If only a third of the actual number of dogs is licensed, the end result could be that only a third as many recreational services are made available for dog owners and other residents of the Central Okanagan.

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How do I make a complaint about a dog?

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My dog is missing, what do I do?

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Where is the Dog Pound located?

The dog pound for the Regional District is located at 890 Weddell Place, between Richter Street and Gordon Drive. Link to Map.
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Where do I purchase a license for my dog?

There are many outlets throughout the Central Okanagan that sell dog licenses.  Click here for more information.

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What parks can I take my dog to?

Follow this link for information on dog parks available in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, City of West Kelowna, District of Peachland and the Regional District.  

 
 
 
Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)