Under City By-Law 2019-117, all residents who own a dog or cat, must register them annually. The Sault Ste. Marie & District SPCA acts as the dog/cat licensing agent for the City of Sault Ste. Marie.

Purchasing an annual dog/cat license will ensure that your pet is returned quickly should he/she ever stray and assists us in providing animal control services in our community.


Dog/Cat Licence Application

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What is a dog/cat license?

A dog/cat license is issued when you register your pet with the City of Sault Ste. Marie. A dog/cat tag with a unique number is provided and is to be attached to your dog’s and/or cat's collar. This tag number is linked to your contact information in our database.

Is it really needed?

The city of Sault Ste. Marie by-law 2019-117 requires that all dogs/cats be registered by purchasing a city dog/cat license every calendar year. A current rabies vaccine certificate is required to purchase a dog license, however, a rabies vaccine is not required for a cat licence. Dogs and cats who come into the pound that are not licensed may be subject to a Provincial Offences fine.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits of licensing your dog/cat with the City of Sault Ste. Marie Animal Care & Control Services. Your pet’s license is his/her ticket home. If he or she is ever lost, the licence provides Animal Care & Control with critical information that will help us return him/her to you safely. In fact, pet licensing has been proven to result in high return to owner rates which eliminates euthanasia of adoptable pets.

Other benefits:

  • Dog and Cat licenses that are purchased voluntarily are eligible for the Free Ride Program,
  • Use of Strathclair Dog Park for your canine companion
  • Peace of mind in the event of an emergency. First responders rely on us to house & reunite pets.

Free Ride Program


Stray or lost dogs/cats who are wearing a current City dog/cat tag that was purchased voluntarily will be reunited with their owner free​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​o​​​​​​​​​​​​​​f charge. A free ride can be applied once in a calendar year.