In the past five years, eighty-two people have been fined or charged for failing to licence a pet in the city of Toronto. The city keeps pushing pet licensing at $25 a year for dogs and $15 for cats, and contends the money helps its Toronto Animal Services department provide animal sheltering, reunite lost pets with owners, and fund spay/neuter programs, adoption programs and veterinary care for animals. But some owners believe, despite the $240 fine, that there is not a lot of incentive for them to register their dogs and cats in the event they get lost, with the advent of micro-chipping and rabies tags.
Is it time to do away with pet licences? Has Toronto Animal Services outlived its usefulness?