Dog licences in Cowichan come with perks

With a new year comes a new request to dog owners to get their dogs licensed.

With a new year comes a new request to dog owners to get their dogs licensed.

While some people resist licensing as they do not understand the benefits, the Cowichan Valley Regional District is making sure a percentage of the revenue will be put back into dog provision, such as potential future of off-leash areas, providing doggy-bag holders and regular emptying of bins.

“We want to reward dog owners for licensing their pet,” said Robert Blackmore, the CVRD’s manager of bylaw enforcement and building inspection.

“That is why we are launching a rewards program for licensed dogs. We are hoping to change the perception around licensing and have residents license their dogs because they want to and see the benefits for them and their dog.”

Blackmore said the benefits include a reduced licence fee of $25 for previously licensed dogs until March 31, free licences for first-time registered dogs, free first ride home if impounded and a chance to enter a quarterly draw for $1,000 pet prize package.

Dog licences are available at CVRD locations, the Duncan SPCA, Buckerfields, Cobble Hill Market, The Laughing Llama, Pier 66 Market, Ho Lo Pets and Ladysmith City Hall.

For more information visit www.cvrd.bc.ca/dogs