All cats and dogs six months of age and older must be licensed annually under the Town's Animal Control Bylaw #424-19. Licences are effective from January 1 to December 31 of the calendar year.
An animal control licence is your pet's ticket home if they go missing and helps ensure they can more easily be returned home safely by the Town's Animal Control Contractor who would have an up-to-date record of how to contact the pet's owners.
Licensing saves pet owners added cost if your animal accidentally escapes your property, which can result in a fine for failing to license your cat or dog.
Animal licence fees also help offset the cost of animal control services provided by the Town of Ponoka.
If you are a first-time pet owner or a new resident to Town, your cat or dog must be licenced within 30 days of moving to Town or picking up your new animal. First-time pet owners and new residents are eligible for the Early Bird fees when applying for a licence.
For more information, please visit our Animal Control Bylaw Frequently Asked Questions page.
Annual Licensing Fees
View a complete list of the Town of Ponoka's Annual Animal Licensing Fees - Schedule A. The annual animal licensing fees for pet owners are:
Early Bird Rate (between October 1 and December 31 prior to the renewal year)
a. $15b. $30
Spayed/Neutered (Altered) Animal
Spayed/Neutered (Altered) Aggressive Dog
Unaltered Aggressive Dog
Please note: To be eligible for the altered animal rate, pet owners must include documented proof of spay or neuter, such as an official letter from your veterinarian or a receipt from the procedure, when submitting the completed animal licensing form.
If you have provided proof of spay/neuter (such as an official letter from your veterinarian) for the 2022 year, the Town of Ponoka will have this record on file. The Town of Ponoka keeps proof of spay/neuter for the lifetime of the animal.
Purchase an Animal Licence
To purchase a licence, please fill out the Animal Licensing Form.
You can then send the completed form along with documented proof of spay or neuter and payment:
- By mail to the Town Office (#200, 5604 50 Street, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1G5).
- By email with credit card information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In-person at the Town Office during business hours or using the dropbox just inside the doors on the west side of the Ponoka Civic Centre from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (except on statutory holidays).
Please note: Cat licences purchased in 2021 will not expire until December 31, 2022. After December 2022, cat licences will need to be renewed annually, similar to dog licences.