Animal Services

The Town of Minto works hard to keep the municipality safe for our residents, pets, and livestock. Whether you need to purchase a dog tag or report a wildlife concern or are raising livestock, the Town of Minto is here to help.

Animal Control

For any dogs that have been lost or found please call the Town of Minto office 519.338.2511 or Animal Control, Rick Rauwerda 519.509.9985

To report a dog bite or a dangerous dog please call Rick Hobbelink, By-law Enforcement, 519.638.3313 ext. 032 or email

Licensing Requirements

Every resident of the Town of Minto that is an owner of a dog, a kennel or backyard hens are required to obtain a license issued by the Town of Minto. For more information on obtaining a license please see below or call 519.338.2511.

Dog & Kennel Licensing

Every owner of a dog in the Town of Minto is required to register their dog and renew the licence on an annual basis. Keeping a dog tag current and attached to your dog will help to identify your dog and have it returned to you if it becomes lost. Any dog that is picked up without a dog tag will incur additional fees and charges.

The Town of Minto has partnered with DocuPet to provide residents with an enhanced pet licensing experience. Your pet’s licence now includes DocuPet’s free HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service and the option to upgrade to designer license tag styles with personalization options. Additionally, 20% of every product sale (designer tags, collars, leashes and Pet Essentials) is donated to Owen Sound Animal Shelter through DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund

Previously, all pet licenses expired yearly on December 31st, but through the new licensing partnership with DocuPet, all licences will be valid for a full 365 days after the date of purchase. Late fees will not be charged until April 1st for all licence types. After April 1st, late fees apply 30 days following expiration and apply to all licence types except for Service Animals.

The new, easy-to-use online licensing service provides a quick and seamless way to license your pet from the comfort of your home. When you register your pet in the Town of Minto, you will receive a unique licence ID tag to attach to their collar. Our licensing process with DocuPet allows residents to select a standard licence tag at no additional charge or upgrade to one of DocuPet’s colourful designer tag styles for $14.99.

Each DocuPet tag, standard or designer, doubles as a pet’s official Town of Minto licence and comes equipped with the HomeSafe™24/7 lost pet service, which relies on a dedicated full-time dispatch staff and linked pet profiles to help get lost pets home quickly.

Pet licences can be purchased online at, in person, over the phone or by mail.

You can find the Kennel Application here if you wish to register a kennel. If you are applying for a kennel license for the first time or need more information, please call the Town office at 519.338.2511

Purchase Pet Licence

Benefits of Licensing

Licensing your pet not only displays responsible pet ownership but it also helps fund local animal welfare initiatives in your community. In addition to your pet’s licence, here are some benefits of your DocuPet online profile:

●Hundreds of unique and colourful designer tag styles to choose from or design your own tag style online

●With full access to HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, upload recent photos of your pet and include important information that will help identify and retrieve them if they become lost

●Gain access to exclusive promotions and discounts

●Add additional pet guardians to your pet's profile

●Skip the trip and easily purchase or renew your pet's license from the comfort of home

●Upload important new documents for your pet by snapping a photo

●Make an optional donation to DocuPet’s Safe&Happy Fund and help support local animals in need

●Easily view and download your pet’s license documentation 

●Read up on exclusive pet-focused content

●Manage, or make changes to your account at anytime including updating your contact information and making changes to pet details and status

●View your order status and history

Dog Licensing By-Law 2019-39

Dog Tag Application

Kennel Licence Application


Backyard Hen Licensing

Every resident of the Town of Minto wishing to keep backyard hens must first apply to the Town prior to obtaining them and must renew the license on an annual basis.

A Hen Licence Application can be submitted to the Town office along with payment. For more information you can refer to the Town of Minto's Exotic Animal Bylaw or call the Town office 519.338.2511.

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Hen Licence Application

Livestock Claims

Where the producer discovers that livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of the producer's knowledge and belief such injury or death was caused by wildlife, the producer shall notify the municipality within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death.

Within 3 days of receiving notification, the valuer will make a full investigation and then submit a written report within 10 business days after receiving notification to the municipality, the producer and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Please contact the Clerk for more information.

Frequently viewed sites:

Predation and Wildlife Damage Site - OMAFRA

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation - OMAFRA

Deadstock Disposal - Regulation and Resources

Nutrient Management Plans

For further information concerning Nutrient Management Plans, please visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website or contact the Town office 519.338.2511 for more information.


For more information about rabies in wildlife, how it is controlled and what to do if you think an animal has rabies, please go to the Ministry of Natural Resources website or call the hotline at 1-888-574-6656.

Please note that the Town of Minto does not have a licensed trapper on staff and does not trap nuisance wildlife on private property.