All dogs must be registered with the Town of Saugeen Shores. Only two dogs are permitted per residence. It is against the Animal Control By-law to allow your dog to run freely off your property unless the owner of the property has given you permission.

Dog tags and microchips

You can register your dog and purchase a dog tag at the Saugeen Shores municipal office. You can also purchase replacement tags for a small fee. A dog tag must be attached to your dog's collar at all times.

We can register your dog with a microchip for a one-time fee. You must notify us if there is any change to your dog's information.

Lost dogs

Please call the Southampton Pet Hospital at 519-797-2960 and our Animal Control Officer at 519-832-3470 immediately if your dog is missing. Our officer retrieves missing pets and takes them to the Southampton Pet Hospital.

Kennel licensing

Licences for kennels are only issued for kennels that are located on property which comply with our comprehensive zoning by-laws. You cannot keep a kennel of dogs in the Town of Saugeen Shores unless you have a currently valid licence. Licences must be renewed annually.

Animal Control fees

  • Dog licence fee from January 1 to March 1: $15.99
  • Dog licence fee from March 2 to December 31: $26.65
  • Annual kennel licence - $81.03
  • Lifetime registration with microchip: $15.99
  • Replacement tag: $5.49
  • Annual reclaim fee - first offence: $10.72
  • Annual reclaim fee - second offence: $26.66
  • Annual reclaim fee - third offence: $78.93
  • Dog - running at large: $100.00
  • Dog - failure to licence: $100.00
  • Dog - failure to leash: $100.00
  • Being the owner - making a false statement: $155.00
  • Being the owner - allow animal excrement to cause nuisance: $205.00
  • Animal Control Officer fee: Actual cost
  • Vet clinic charge - board fees and treatments: Actual cost