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Animal Control

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What is the Animal Control By-law?

The Animal Control By-law sets out responsibilities and standards for pet owners within the Township to abide by.
Some of these responsibilities include providing:Picture of a grey cat with bright green eyes that is sitting and looking up
  • A clean and sanitary home
  • Adequate food, safe drinking water, shelter and care
  • Opportunity for physical activity
  • Attention, grooming, sunlight and veterinary care as may be required, to keep the animal in good health. 

  • Keeping pets safe, including ensuring they do not run at large

​Licensing and Registration ​ ​

Picture of the Township of King's Dog TagCats and dogs within the Township of King are required to be registered and pay an annual licence fee each calendar year. The Township issues lifetime tags which will be valid for the life of your pet.  

Cats and Dogs within the Township need to be registered to ensure the best care for your pets. The Township keeps records of the most up to date information such as rabies vaccinations, veterinary contacts and their home address in case they get lost or injured. Picture of a German Shepherd puppy sitting with a white background

  • Dogs: $20.00
  • Cats (*NEW FEES WAIVED 2019)
  • Late fee: $5.00           
  • Replacement Tag: $10.00
  • Service animals are exempt from licensing fees but must still be registered with the Township

  • Seniors 65+ receive $5.00 discount off of listed price

  • Late fee applies as of April 15th of each year

​​Once you apply for a pet licence, you will be administered a lifetime tag which will stay with your pet at all times. This tag is used for identification purposes.

Licences can be purchased and picked up from the Township Main Offices at 2585 King Rd, King City Ontario, mailed in with payment to the same address, or purchased online.

Application for a Cat Tag

Application for a Dog Tag

Why should I licence my pet with the Township?

Licensing your cat or dog with the Township is a requirement for having pets. The Township keeps records of the most up to date information such as rabies vaccinations, veterinary contacts and their home address in case they get lost or injured.

There are many benefits of licensing your dog or cat with the Township of King. Your pet's licence is their ticket home. If he/she is ever lost, his/her licence provides Animal & Bylaw Services with critical information that will help us return him/her to you safely.

​How many pets can I have? Picture of a long haired cat lying on the carpet

The Township of King allows residents to have several domesticated pets at a time, but limits cats and dogs to a number of four each.

What kind of pets can I have?

Residents in the Township of King can have several kinds of pets which include animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and some small birds among others.

​Are there any restrictions on pets that I can have?

Picture of a black snake with yellow stripesYes, some animals within the Township of King are prohibited, this is often because they are meant to be in the wild and do not make good pets. Some of these animals include those that are venomous, poisonous and non-domesticated animals. Some examples of prohibited animals include snakes, monkeys, and poisonous insects.

​Do I have to pay to get a licence for my Picture of a service dog laying down on the sidewalk
service animal? What about a police dog?

No, the Township of King recognizes the work that service animals and other working animals do, and have exempted them from paying the licence fees. However, they do still need to be registered with the Township.

Is there an animal shelter in King?

There is an an animal shelter located at 70 Tigi Court, Unit 47,​ offered through the City of Vaughan Animal Services. Vaughan's animal shelter provides adoption services, a foster care program and volunteer opportunities. ​

​Telephone: 905-832-2231
Toll free: 1-855-227-7297​

Who can I talk to about Animal Services?

The Township of King has a partnership with the City of Vaughan Animal Services that provides both animal control and animal shelter services. Animal services assists in tending to sick or injured cats and dogs, dogs at large, lost pets and adoption. You can visit their website at www.vaughan.ca/animalservices  

Telephone: 905-832-2231
Toll free: 1-855-227-7297
animal.services@vaughan.ca

Vaughan Animal Services responds to emergency calls 24/7. 

For more information, you can view our web page on Animal Services​​
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​I've seen a sick or injured wild animal, what do I do?

If you see a sick or injured wild animal you can contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre by phone at 416-631-0662, or visit their website.

Picture of a horse from the shoulders up wearing a bridleWhat are the rules about livestock?

The rules regarding livestock depend on the zoning area that you are located in. Generally, livestock are only permitted in rural or agricultural zones. This means that you cannot keep livestock animals such as cows, horses or pigs in residential areas. If you require specific information on the zoning of your property, please contact the Township of King by phone at 905-833-5321 or in person at 2585 King Road, King City, Ontario and ask to speak with a Zoning Examiner.

Can I raise chickens on my property?Picture of a chicken in a field of grass

Chickens are classified as poultry under the Township's zoning by-laws, and are prohibited within residential zones. Your property needs to be zoned to permit agricultural use in order to keep chickens. If you require specific information on the zoning of your property, please contact the Township of King by phone at 905-833-5321 or in person at 2585 King Road, King City, Ontario and ask to speak with the zoning examiner or, email the zoning examiner.

Picture of several bees putting honey into honey combsCan I keep Bees?​

Bees are only permitted in rural or agricultural zones. This means that you cannot keep bees in residential areas. If you require specific information on the zoning of your property, please contact the Township of King by phone at 905-833-5321 or in person at 258​​5 King Road, King City, Ontario and ask to speak with a Zoning Examiner, or email the zoning examiner​.

The Ontario Bees Act is the legislation that regulates honey bees and beekeeping in Ontario. The main purpose of the act is to protect the health of honey bees, particularly from pests and diseases.

There are bats on my property, should I be concerned? Picture of a Little Brown Bat

​​No, bats make great neighbours to share outdoor spaces with. These mammals play a significant role in insect control, and according to the Canadian Wildlife Federation​, save the agricultu​ral industry millions of dollars per year as a result. Residents are encouraged to install bat houses to help foster declining populations of the endangered species​​. If you want to learn how to build a bat house, visit the Canadian Wildlife Federation's initative HelpTheBats.ca​