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2020 Dog Licences 

Dogs licences are now available in Customer Service at the Civic Centre. Licences are $35.60 per dog or $26.40 per dog for seniors 65 and older. Licences must be purchased by February 28.

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As per the Town of East Gwillimbury’s “Dog Registration By-law” #2004-119, every owner of a dog must purchase a dog tag for the current year and be affixed to the dogs collar when not on their property. Dog tags are valid for one calendar year and must be purchased prior to February 28th of that year.  Dog tags are available at the Civic Centre for purchase. If you are not able to visit the Civic Centre during regular business hours you can contact Animal Control directly and they will arrange with you a convenient time to purchase a tag from them.  In addition, Animal Control also has dog tag sellers that go door to door.

Guide/assistive/therapy dogs are required to have valid dog tags however, there is no fee for these tags. Proof of designation as a guide/assistive/therapy dog will be required at the time of obtaining a dog tag.

In the event of a dog tag being lost, a replacement tag may be purchased for $7.30.

If a dog is found to be without a current dog tag, the owner or person in possession of the dog could be liable to a fine of $250.00.  All dogs must be leashed when off of their property.  If a dog is found to be off leash it may be deemed “Running at Large” and charges may be laid on the owner or person who the dog is in the care of. 

Please note: in a residential area, there is a maximum of three dogs allowed per home.

Currently, the Town of East Gwillimbury does not have a requirement to licence cats.

If you have concerns regarding dogs running at large, please call Animal Control at 1-888-644-5634.

 If you have a concern regarding wild animals, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources at 905-713-7400. 

Concerns about animal distress or abuse can be reported to the Ontario Animal Protection Call Centre at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625). Animal Welfare Informationlinks to external site

Off-Leash Dog Area

The Town does not maintain any off-leash dog areas. However, York Region has an off-leash area at their Bendor and Graves Tract at 17858 McCowan Road in East Gwillimbury.

For more information about York Region forest areas visit www.york.calinks to external site.

Dog Bite Process

If an individual or pet has been bitten, please follow the below dog bite process to ensure that individuals receive the necessary care the the appropriate authorities are notified. 

dog bite process flow chart


Pound Keepers

The Pound Keeper shall impound any horse, bull, ox, cow, sheep, goat, pig or other cattle, geese or other poultry, for unlawfully running at large or for trespassing and doing damage, delivered to him or her for that purpose by any person resident in the Pound Keeper’s division.

The Pounds Act, 1990, contains more information regarding Pound Keepers.

Please contact the Clerks' Office at 905-478-4282 x3821.

Livestock Valuation

In the event of livestock being killed or injured by coyotes, wolves, or wild dogs, contact the Clerks' Office at 905-478-4282 x3821. Do not remove the carcass until a Town appointed Valuator has attended your property to assess the loss. The Livestock Valuator will file a report with the Town.

For more information, contact Customer Service at 905-478-4282.