Dog Licenses

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How to License Your Dog

If you own a dog in the City of Thorold, you must get a licence for them each year. Licences can be ordered online, over the phone, by mail, or in person.

It's the law. Don't get caught without a licence. The owner of an unlicensed pet can be fined up to $100.

License Your Dog Now

It is our responsibility to provide a safe community for our citizens and their pets. Licensing plays an important role in our ability to fulfill this responsibility. A license allows animal control to identify your dog, get in touch with you, and make decisions that are in the best interest of your pet should it become lost or injured.

The Thorold dog licensing program is managed by DocuPet Inc. DocuPet provides a licensing solution that is simple and convenient, and includes added benefits for dog owners. You can license online in less than five minutes and will immediately gain access to your profile, which is used to reunite you with your dog in the event that they become lost. You will be in compliance as soon as you complete the form, and your dog tag will be sent in the mail within 8 to 10 business days.

You can license:

  • Over the phone by calling DocuPet directly at 1-855-249-1370 *
  • Over the phone by calling the City of Thorold at 905-227-6613 *
  • In person (by appointment only) or by mail to: City of Thorold, 3540 Schmon Pkwy, Thorold, Ontario, L2V 4A7

* online and over-the-phone payments by credit card are subject to a small processing fee

Download Offline Form

Click here to learn more about your licensing options and get started today.

Fees and Fines

Licenses are required for all dogs living in Thorold. They must be renewed every year prior to the expiration date. Failure to present a valid license will result in a fine of $100.

Click here to renew your dog's license.

Dog Tag Fees
 Nov 1 - Dec 31 (for following year)Jan 1 - Dec 31 (for current year)
Not Spayed or Neutered $50 $60
Spayed or Neutered $25 $35
New Puppy - Under 6 months $25  

Please note that Thorold's licensing program operates on a calendar year. This means that all licenses expire on December 31st.

Helpful Tips

No longer own your dog?

Get in touch with the DocuPet customer service team to update your record by calling 1-855-249-1370 or by email.

Lost Dog?

DocuPet's Lost Pet Report can help. Login to your profile and report your dog lost using the red button. An email will go out to community members letting them know how they can help.

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Wondering when your dog tag will arrive?

Typically dog tags are received in the mail 8 to 10 business days after your order is processed. You can login any time and access your profile, and not to worry - our City records will show that you have an active license.

Need a replacement tag?

Order a replacement by logging into your online account and clicking the green “order replacement tags” button, or call 1-855-249-1370 to order over the phone.

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What do the fees for dog licensing support?

Licensing fees help cover the costs of essential animal services including:

  • Emergency service all year round
  • Feeding, sheltering, and safe keeping of impounded animals
  • Supporting the rescue of lost and/or homeless animals
  • Supporting medical care for sick or injured dogs or cats
  • Public education initiatives in schools and within the community

Contact Information

Have a question about licensing or the DocuPet program? Contact customer service at: 1-855-249-1370.

Need to make a report or contact the Lincoln County Humane Society at: 905-682-0767.


Contact Us

© 2018 The Corporation of the City of Thorold, 3540 Schmon Parkway, PO Box 1044, Thorold ON, L2V 4A7

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

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