June 28th, 2017

City wants photos of licensed pets


By Schnarr, J.W. on February 17, 2017.

J.W. Schnarr

Lethbridge Herald

jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com

The City of Lethbridge would like licensed pet owners to send in a photo of their furry friends to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

The photos will be attached to licensed dog and cat accounts. In the event the animal becomes lost, it can be visually identified by an Animal Control Officer by referencing the photo on the account.

“We are excited to start receiving photos of all of our licensed dogs and cats. It is just one more way for us to identify lost pets and return them home as soon as possible,” stated Skylar Plourde, Animal Control Officer for SPD Animal Services, in a recent news release. SPD Animal Services operates the Animal Shelter.

“If our shelter was empty and all lost pets went home to their families, it would be a great day for all of us.”

The photo request is also a reminder for pet owners who have chosen not to license their pets.

If a dog or cat is not wearing a licence, locating the owner can be difficult or sometimes impossible.

Annual dog licences range in cost as follows: $20, fixed and has a microchip and/or tattoo; $25, fixed but no microchip or tattoo; $45, not fixed but has either a microchip and/or tattoo; $50, not fixed and no microchip or tattoo (ID); and cats can be licensed for a one-time fee of $10.

To provide a photo, residents are asked to email regulatoryservices@lethbridge.ca or spd@lethbridgeanimalshelter.ca with the following information: jpeg photo of your pet, account number (can be found on licence renewal invoice or by calling 403-320-4099), and name of dog or cat.

To learn more about the benefits of pet licensing, call the Animal Shelter at 403-320-4099 or Regulatory Services at 403-320-3074.

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