Calgary Animal Services urges pet owners to ensure winter safety and licensing

As temperatures plummet in Calgary, Animal Services urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of their furry companions. With the onset of cold weather, it is crucial to prioritize the welfare of pets and be aware of the potential risks associated with winter conditions.

Animal Services recommends the following safety tips for pet owners during the colder months:

  • Limit outdoor exposure: minimize the time your pets spend outdoors during extremely cold weather. Shorten walks and outdoor activities to protect your pet from frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Layer up: some breeds are more sensitive to the cold than others. Consider using pet-friendly sweaters or coats to provide additional warmth, especially for short-haired or smaller breeds.
  • Protect paws: the salt and chemicals used to melt snow and ice on sidewalks can be harmful to your pet's paws. Consider investing in dog boots to provide an extra layer of protection. If boots aren't an option, make sure to wipe your pet's paws with a damp cloth after walks to remove any potential irritants.

In addition to these safety tips, Calgary Animal Services emphasizes the importance of licensing your pets. Licensing your pet is not only a legal requirement but also a crucial step in ensuring their quick and safe return if they happen to get lost. The cost for licensing a cat is $21/year and for a dog is $44/year.

Licensing your pet ensures your participation in our First Ride Home program. If your pet becomes lost, rather than incurring fees for both pet retrieval and lacking a license, your animal will be safely returned to you without any additional cost. Our peace officers will personally attempt to deliver your pet to your home using the information linked to their license. This eliminates the need for your pet to be brought to the Animal Services Centre, reducing the stress for both you and your pet, and the potential for added fees after the first day at the shelter.

"Licensing your pet is a simple yet effective way to protect them," says Kathleen Dickson, Coordinator Animal Care and Clinic Services for Calgary Animal Services. "When your pet is licensed, it facilitates a swift reunion if they are lost. It also helps us contact you promptly when your pet is found, ensuring their safety and well-being."

Calgary Animal Services encourages all pet owners to take advantage of the licensing services available, underscoring the peace of mind it provides in the event of a lost pet.

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