This week, I purchased a tag for my dog for the 13th time. While I understand that the Society needs revenue, I am finding it increasingly annoying to go through this annual ritual.
One part of my objection is based on the fact that I am required to purchase a tag every year basically because I was honest when I got a puppy a long time ago, and purchased one then. Most of my ‘doggie’ friends did not do this, and have therefore never been required to get a tag – a significant saving over the years. So, your method of identifying ‘taggable’ dogs is not too consistent.
The other part of my objection is due to the fact that my particular pooch is now 13 years old, as noted above, diabetic, and blind. He is not actually causing a lot of havoc in the neighbourhood. It seems to me, that at age 10, eligible dogs should get a ‘gold’ tag, which is good for life. That would be fair to good owners who take good care of their pets, would provide excellent PR for the Society (which you need, based on recent local coverage of your governance), and be cheaper than any advertising you can buy.
Thank you for your email. While I understand your feelings on this matter, I’m afraid that it is not issue that can be waived on an individual basis.
It is a Municipal By-Law which the Guelph Humane Society has been contracted by the City of Guelph to maintain and enforce.
The Guelph Humane Society receives only a portion of the revenue from the sale of dog tags, with the balance of the revenues going to the City of Guelph. The Humane Society’s revenue is then put towards the costs associated with the ordering and imprinting of the tags, as well as the associated costs of pre-printing the forms, the mass mail-out for the new year reminders as well as the ongoing maintenance of the program. As you may imagine this utilizes many hours of the licensing departments time.
It is a fact that there are many dogs and dog owners who are not in compliance with this By-Law, and we at the Guelph Humane Society strive every year to increase compliance for the City of Guelph. In response to this concern, we are implementing a new program this year where-in we will have staff go door-to-door to increase the number of licensed dogs within the City of Guelph. If you are aware of any specific neighborhoods or addresses where dogs are not licensed, we welcome that information and will act upon it to ensure compliance with the Dog Licensing By-Law of the City of Guelph. Guelph Humane Society