The Township of Georgian Bay promotes responsible pet ownership through the Animal Control By-law. Our community is also full of wildlife, which is always best viewed from a distance.

Dog licences

Dog owners must purchase dog tags for their pet at the Township office or library (all branches) once the dog is 12 weeks of age or older.


Before February 28:

  • Spayed or neutered $15
  • Not spayed or neutered $25

After February 28:

  • Spayed or neutered $25
  • Not spayed or neutered $35

Please provide proof of rabies vaccination.

Reporting bear sightings

Call 911 if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:

  • Enters a school yard when school is in session
  • Enters or tries to enter a residence
  • Wanders into a public gathering
  • Kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • Stalks people and lingers at the site

In non-emergencies, call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (between April 1 and November 30). Visit the Bear Wise website for tips on preventing bear encounters and how to take community action.

Reporting animal abuse

To report suspected animal abuse, contact:

  • Ontario SPCA at 310-SPCA (7722) or 1-888-668-7722 x327, or email
  • Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • Your local Ontario SPCA Animal Centre, affiliated humane society or police

The Ontario SPCA operates on a complaints basis. Help the investigating officer by providing as many details as possible, including the type of cruelty witnessed, the date of the incident, where it took place, and who was involved. All information remains confidential.

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