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Dog Licences


The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has partnered with DocuPet to provide an enhanced dog licencing experience for residents.

License Your Dog

Every Niagara-on-the-Lake dog owner is required to register their dog(s) with the Town and ensure they are vaccinated against rabies. Licencing your dog immediately after receiving a new rabies vaccination ensures you will receive a full licence term for your dog.

Licences previously expired on December 31, but through our new licencing partnership with DocuPet, all licences now expire on the anniversary of the dog's rabies vaccination. All dogs in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake are required to have a current year’s licence within 14 days of being acquired or moving into Niagara-on-the-Lake.

When you register your dog with Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will receive a unique licence tag to attach to their collar. Our new licencing process with DocuPet allows residents to select a standard licence tag at no additional charge or upgrade to one of DocuPet’s colourful designer tag styles for an additional fee.

Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official Niagara-on-the-Lake licence and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full time dispatch staff and linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly.

Licence Online

Pet licences can now be purchased online at

Licence by Mail

To licence by mail, simply complete the Niagara-on-the-Lake Dog Licence Form and mail a copy of your pet's current rabies certificate and any other applicable documentation, along with your check payable to:

2 Gore St
Kingston ON K7L2L1

Licencing in person is also available. All dog tags will be mailed to the owner’s home address.

Benefits of Licencing

Licencing your dog not only displays responsible dog ownership but it also helps fund local animal welfare initiatives in your community. In addition to your dog's licence, here are some benefits of your DocuPet online profile:

  • Hundreds of unique and colourful designer tag styles to choose from or design your own tag style online
  • With full access to HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, upload recent photos of your pet and include important information that will help identify and retrieve them if they become lost
  • Gain access to exclusive promotions and discounts
  • Add additional pet guardians to your dog's profile
  • Skip the trip and easily purchase or renew your dog's licence from the comfort of home
  • Upload important new documents for your dog by snapping a photo
  • Easily view and download your dog's licence documentation
  • Read up on exclusive pet-focused content
  • Manage, or make changes to your account at any time including updating your contact information and making changes to pet details and status
  • View your order status and history

By-Law 4512-11

In an effort to support our local dog owners and ensure that lost dogs are returned to their owners in a timely fashion, all dogs in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake must have a licence in accordance with By-law 4512-11, as amended. Niagara-on-the-Lake loves dogs, and if you are visiting this page, it can be assumed that you love dogs, too!

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