New cat licensing regulations for pet owners take effect January 1 in Winnipeg.
City council voted last year to approve a motion that would see all cats require a license within the city of Winnipeg. Annual license fees for spayed and neutered pets are $15 for cats and $30 for dogs ($50 for intact cats and $65 for intact dogs).
Cat owners can purchase cat licenses online at Winnipeg.ca/animalservices, by calling 311, or in person at 1057 Logan Avenue. A number of pet supply stores and other locations will also be selling licenses.
City officials won’t enforce the new licensing right away, but will be providing education to pet owners about the program. After the grace period, the fine for not having your feline licensed is $250 is caught.
Half of the proceeds from all licensing will help fund shelter spay and neuter programs to control the cat population.