Licensing dogs is now easier and more modernized for residents as the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake launches its partnership with DocuPet, a world-leading pet profile, lost pet and licensing platform. Through pet licensing and their complimentary HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service, DocuPet offers residents an effective pet identification and reunification program that keeps pets out of shelters and returns them home safely. Though pet licensing is mandatory for dogs in Niagara-on-the-Lake, many local pet owners do not license their pets regularly. With the announcement of this new partnership, DocuPet and the Town hope to attract community pet owners to the program. When licensing your dog, a Niagara-on-the-Lake branded dog tag will be mailed to your home address. For an additional cost, residents can browse hundreds of colourful and unique designer tag styles online or design their own tags with an easy-to-use customization tool. Every DocuPet tag is equipped with the free HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service and may double as a pet’s official licence. DocuPet tags are assigned a unique code on the back, which links directly to a pet’s secure online profile, making it easy for anyone who finds a lost pet to reference the code and create a Found Pet Report in seconds. Pet owners can also create Lost Pet Reports as soon as they realize their pet has gone missing. In addition, DocuPet’s dedicated dispatch staff is available 24/7 to reunite lost pets with their families around the clock. Previously, all licences expired annually 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. Pet owners can learn more and register pet licences online at notl.docupet.com. Licensing by mail or in person is also available. All dog tags will be mailed to the owner’s home address.