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Dog Tags

Please make sure you have read the Dogs Licensing and Pit Bulls section of this website to ensure licensing of your dog.

Notice to Dog Owners - 2021 Dog Tags are now available

Effective February 16 2021, Dog Tag fees will increase to $20.00 per tag if purchased after February 15, 2021 as per Bylaw 20-60.

2021 Dog Tag Notice

Download the Dog License Form here.

Purchase a dog tag and if your dog is lost and found, your pet can be returned to you.

Animal Control Services - Effective May 2, 2016

Contact: St. Thomas - City Animal Services
Phone: 519-631-7430
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sundays and Holidays
After Hours: Fire Department dispatch at 519-631-0210 and they will page on-call staff.

Dogs Running at Large

Dogs are prohibited from running at large in the Town of Aylmer.
To report a dog running at large, contact the St. Thomas - City Animal Services Centre located at 100 Burwell Road St. Thomas.
If you have found a dog, please contact the City Animal Services Centre at 519-631-7430. The Town of Aylmer has an agreement with the City of St. Thomas to use the shelter for dogs.

Missing Dogs

If your dog is missing, call the City Animal Services Centre at 519-631-7430, to report your dog missing and inquire if the Animal Control Officer has picked it up. Also ask if someone turned your dog in to the Shelter. You may also want to report the dog missing to a neighbouring municipality.

Have you Lost or Found a Pet?

In order to increase your stray pet return to owner rate, PLEASE file a lost pet report with the pound in St. Thomas since stray dogs are taken there. The website and info can be found at St. Thomas Animal Services Centre

Suggestions: You may wish to post on Kijiji under Lost and Found and/or on Helping Lost and Found Pets (HELP).
A growing number of municipalities are starting to use the HELP site and recommending it to residents. It's free to use.

Pet owners can pre-register pets for free. If your pet goes missing, simply change the status from "safe" to "lost" and your pet will appear on the map. It's also free to list lost and found pets and to sign up to receive alerts for lost/found pets in a couple of different areas. Lost and found ads are share-able and printable. Sightings feature for lost pets is available. Includes a free Android app for smartphones.

People can also take a photo of any lost or found pet posters and send them to HeLP who will contact the people about the pet to see if they want assistance posting on the HeLP site.

Recently the above website helped reunite a pair of stolen dogs that were from another area but ended up at Lobo animal shelter.

It is also suggested that those who have lost pets see the unique, expert pet recovery information on the non-profit Missing Pet Partnership site and their blog. It explains lost pet behaviour and is specific to an animal's species, temperament and circumstances.

Increasing the RTO (return to owner) rate and proactive redemptions (where pets don't end up at shelter) is good for our community. It is good for public safety and reduces nuisance complaints. It also helps people recover their much loved furry family members and frees up room in rescue groups for pets who are truly homeless.


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