Dog Licences

Dog Licences 

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Did you recently welcome a new four-legged member into the family, or just moved to town?

Check out what information you need to be a dog owner in The City of Red Deer, as well as other helpful links to make your furry friend feel at home.


COVID-19 Update

Please see COVID-19 restrictions for all facilities where a dog licence can be purchased:

City Hall
  • Open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, closed weekends and statutory holidays.
  • Masks and 2 meter physical distancing requirement in place at all times.
  • New or replacement dog licences can be purchased at the Cashier counter on the main floor.
  • Contact Licensing for more information: or 403-342-8182.
Central Alberta Humane Society
  • Open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Adoptions and "meet and greets" are by appointment only.
  • Retail sales and licence purchases (new or replacement) can all be made by appointment. Only two persons at a time in reception area.
  • Intakes will be for Agency transfers, abandoned animals, and injured or stressed animals.
  • Masks and 2 meter physical distancing requirement in place at all times.
  • Contact CAHumane for more information: CAHumane website or 403-342-7722
Alberta Animal Services
  • Open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed weekends and statutory holidays.
  • Operating curb-side service, facility is locked. Call 403-347-2388 prior to arrival.
  • Pick up/drop off of stray pet, customer is to stay in vehicle until a staff member assists you.
  • New/replacement dog tags are issued curb-side - call 403-347-2388 prior to arrival.
  • Contact Alberta Animal Services for more information: AAS website or 403-347-2388.

Dog Licence Information

Apply for a Dog Licence

Submit your application:

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to purchase or renew a dog licence.

MyDogs (Dog licence replacements or renewals are made through your MyCity profile)

In person:
Complete and submit the 2021 Dog Licence Application Form (pdf) , and apply at one of the following locations. Forms are also available at each facility.

City Hall: Main floor Cashier, 4914 48 Avenue

Alberta Animal Services: 4640 - 61 Street
Phone: 403-347-2388

Central Alberta Humane Society: 4505 - 77 Street
Phone: 403-342-7722

If you are registering a service dog, a copy of the Provincial Service Dog Licence is required to accompany your application.

2021 Dog Licence Fees

  • Altered dog $32.80
  • Unaltered dog $70.50
  • Replacement tag $12.60
What do I need to bring when getting a Dog Licence?

While not mandatory, we recommend having the following information on hand:

  • Microchip identification number, or
  • Tattoo identification number.

This information is collected to ensure that lost pets can be reunited with their owners.

Dog Tag Information
  • We use stainless steel, permanent dog tags.
  • One tag is good for the lifetime of your dog and the tag number will remain the same each year.
  • The permanent dog tag requires renewal each year in order to keep information current.
  • If the tag is lost, you will need to purchase a replacement tag.
What if I need a replacement dog tag?

If your dog's tag gets lost, you can purchase a replacement tag for $12.60:

Online: MyCity
City Hall: 4914 48 Avenue
Alberta Animal Services: 4640 61 Street
Central Alberta Humane Society: 4505 77 Street

Why do I have to register my dog?

There are several reasons why all dog owners are required to licence their dogs, including:

  • It is the fastest way to reunite you with your pet, should they be found. The City of Red Deer works with agencies like Alberta Animal Services and the Central Alberta Humane Society to any lost pet finds their way back home.
  • Registration costs help fund the 'Spay/Neuter Program'
  • It is a requirement of The City's Dog Bylaw. 3429/2009
  • Helps keep more accurate statistical information to help with funding

Good-to-Know Info

Off Leash Dog Parks

Check out our Off Leash Dog Parks web pages to find information on Red Deer's off-leash dog parks. 

Spay/Neuter Program

The City of Red Deer uses a portion of dog licence registration fees to fund the Spay/Neuter Program. 

The program allows families to take the next step to keep their pup safe. Applications are accepted throughout the year. 

Application for Spay/Neuter Program (pdf)

Submit completed applications to

Service Dogs in Red Deer

A service dog is a dog that has been trained and assessed for safety in public spaces and helps a person with specific tasks related to their disability. A service dog team consists of:

  • the service dog
  • the individual with a disability
  • the service dog handler, if the individual is a minor
Service dog identification card

photo of sample Service Dog identification cardA service dog identification card provides proof that the service dog team is qualified by the government. The card has:

  • the name of the handler and dog
  • a photo of the handler and dog
  • a validation number
  • a date of expiration

Recreation facility employees may ask to see your service dog identification card.

For more information

Government of Alberta
Service Dog Act 

Responsible Pet Ownership

Find out more ways you can be a responsible pet owner by visiting our Responsible Pet Ownership web page.