Winnipeg cat owners are licensing up after the city made them mandatory in January.
Officials say more than 13,000 cat licenses have been purchased since the bylaw came into effect.
“We are thrilled and grateful that so many Winnipeggers have licensed their cats. Not only are people adding extra protection for their own cats, they are also helping to provide spay/neuter funding for cats they have never met,” said Leland Gordon, chief operating officer of the Animal Services Agency.
Half of the annual $15 license fee is going to support community spay/neuter programs to help reduce the city’s cat overpopulation problem. The cost for cats who haven’t been spayed or neutered is $50.
Only those animals six months and older require a license. Pet owners can purchase one online, through 311, at the Animal Services Agency or at a number of pet supply stores, veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and other retail outlets.