Dog playing in a field outside

If you own a dog in the Township of West Lincoln, you need to license them each year. Always keep your dog on a leash unless you are on your own property.

Dog licences

You are required to purchase a dog licence every year for your dog(s). You are not allowed to have more than three dogs over the age of 10 weeks on any property unless grandfathered under our Dog Control By-law. If you own more than three dogs, you may qualify for a kennel licence

How do I license my dog?

Dog licensing in West Lincoln is managed by DocuPet Inc. You can license your pet online, over the phone, by mail, or in person.

License My Dog Online     Download PDF Application Form

DocuPet offers a Lost and Found Pet Service and a Rewards Program. Visit DocuPet's website to learn more about their dog licensing services.

 In person

To license your dog, download a copy of the PDF Application Form above. Bring your completed application and payment to one of the following locations:

  • Township Office - 318 Canborough Street, Smithville (Only accepts debit, cash and cheque)
  • Welland and District Humane Society - 60 Provincial Street, Welland

 By mail

To license your dog, download a copy of the PDF Application Form above. Mail your completed application and payment to the following location:

  • Welland and District Humane Society - 60 Provincial Street, Welland

Licensing fees

Early purchase rates are valid from December 1st to December 31st. Regular rates apply for the rest of the year. Please note rates may change each year.

Other Fees:

  • Replacement of lost or destroyed dog tag - $3
  • Application for Hearing Fee - $150
Dog licensing fees
Type of DogEarly Purchase Discount RateRegular Rate

Unspayed or Unneutered Dog

$25

$30

Spayed or Neutered Dog

$14

$17

Vicious Dog

$100

$100

When will my pet tag arrive?

Usually, you will receive your pet tag in the mail 10 to 12 business days after your order is processed.

Fines

Licences are required for all dogs living in the Township. Licences must be renewed every year before the expiration date. Failure to present a valid licence will result in a fine of $120.

Picking up dog waste

Whoever has control of the dog (usually the owner or dog walker) is responsible for picking up after the dog. Always bring disposable bags when walking your dog in the Township.

Dangerous dogs 

If you are an owner of a dog that has attacked a person or an animal without reason, it may be deemed a “dangerous dog”. These steps should be taken to prevent future attacks:

  • Muzzling
  • Tethering
  • Pen confinement
  • Display of dangerous dog sign

For more information on dangerous dogs, please review our Dog Control By-law.