Animal Control Services

Animal Control Services

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Alicia Benham
Customer Service Associate
1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON
N0B 1S0
Phone: 519.846.9691 x252
Email: Click to send email

​Inquiries or services related to dogs, please contact the Guelph Humane Society at 519-824-3091.

Dog Tags

​​​​The Township of Centre Wellington Dog Control By-law requires every dog owner to register his or her dog and obtain a Licence, before the 30th day of April each year. New dog owners have fifteen days to register their dog. 

It is important to get an annual dog tag for the following reasons: 

  • Registering your dog demonstrates responsible pet ownership, and helps the Guelph Humane Society with the identification and safe return of your dog​.
  • If your dog goes missing, having him licensed drastically improves your chances of getting him returned to you safely.
  • Reduces the stress a dog may experience from staying at the shelter
  • Allows the Guelph Humane Society to contact the dog owner in the event of an emergency to make vital decisions regarding their care.
  • It's the law!  The cost of a license is far less than the penalty for being caught without one and saves the cost of impound and boarding fees.
2017 Dog Tags are available online or at the Township Office.
Dog Tags before April 30, 2017: $40.00 *

After April 30, 2017 ((renewals only): $50.00

Replacement Tags: $10.00 (available at the Township Office only)

*The cost for dog tags have increased for 2017 due to the increase in animal service protection.

Animal Control Services

In 2016, the Township was pleased to partner with the Guelph Humane Society for animal control services. The GHS is an organization equipped with Animal Protection Officers with the skill and qualifications to provide animal control in Centre Wellington.   They provide the following services for our community: 

  • Capturing, licensing, quarantine and enforcement of stray dogs
  • Kennel inspections
  • Responds to dog bites and/or attacks on other domestic animals;
  • Receives inquiries and responds to injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. 
  • Removing, impounding, relocating or disposing of wild or domestic animals who may be injured or in immediate danger of injury or death or those who pose a real or reasonable risk of harm to people.
  • Support conflict between animals and residents
  • Investigations and prosecutions (by-law infractions)
  • Park and trail monitoring
  • Service Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Emergency services 24 hours per day, 7 days a week by calling 519-824-3091
The revenue generated from the sale of dog tags is applied directly to the cost of the animal control program.

How to Register Your Dog

Purchase a Dog Tag Online or Complete a paper Dog Tag Application 

Paper applications can be mailed or visit in person to the Township Municipal Office located at:
1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON  N0B 1S0

General Rules:

  • All Dogs must be registered according to the Dog Control By-law
  • Two dogs are the maximum permitted for any residential premises ​
  • Dogs not on the premises of the owner or under the control of any person can be impounded
  • All owners must clean up after their dog
  • If a dog is found to behave aggressively or attack a person or domestic animal in the absence of any mitigating factor, said dog can be designated as a potentially dangerous dog or a dangerous dog.​