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Animal Control & Licensing
Dog Licenses | Dogs In ParksRestricted Dogs | Cats | Summer Pet Safety | Lost Pets

Dog Licenses 
All dog owners in Osoyoos must license their dog(s). A license is valid until  January 31 of the year following in which it is issued and must be renewed every year (January - December).

  • Dogs under the age of 6 months, trained guide dogs owned or used by a blind person, and RCMP service dogs do not require a license.
  • Tags are issued upon payment of a license fee, and the tag is to be fastened to the dog's collar at all times. If a dog wanders off or gets lost, a tag will assist us in reuniting the pet with their owner.
For dogs residing outside of Town limits:

RDOS Area "A" Rural (Osoyoos Area) can be purchased online or at the RDOS Office in Penticton.
RDOS Area "C" Rural (Oliver Area) can be purchased online or at
RDOS Office in Penticton.  

Dog License Fees 

Male and Female Unaltered Dog $ 22.00
Spayed Female or Neutered Male Dogs $ 12.00
Dangerous Dogs $ 500.00
Replacement Tag Fee $ 3.00

*If a person becomes the owner of a dog after July 1, the license fee will be reduced by $5.00.

For more information on the licensing and control of dogs in Osoyoos, view the Animal Control Bylaw No. 1316, 2016
For fines relating to dog control, view the Municipal Ticketing Information System Bylaw No. 1279.

Dogs In Parks
Dogs are welcome year-round in most Osoyoos parks, provided they are under control on a leash.

However, for those times when your dog has extra energy, is looking to mingle, or needs to cool off with a swim, we are happy to offer a year-round off-leash dog park and three dog swimming areas! sẁiẁs Provincial Park (Haynes Point) also offers a dog swimming area. Clean-up bag dispensers and garbage cans are located at each of these locations and in parks and trails throughout Osoyoos

Please note that no dogs are permitted in Gyro Park—with the exception of the designated dog swimming area behind the Osoyoos Museum—during the months of June, July, and August.​ 

For more information and a full listing of dog parks and swimming areas, please view our Dogs In Parks page.

View Osoyoos Dog Parks in a larger map.

Restricted Dogs 
The Town is reminding all dog owners of their responsibilities and requirements under the bylaw and providing notice that the rules for Restricted Dog breeds are actively enforced. Animal Control Bylaw No. 1316, 2016 defines a Restricted Dog as one of the listed breeds:

  • Pit Bull
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bull Cross 
  • Timberwolf or Grey Wolf Breeds (or any mixed breeding of Timberwolf or Grey Wolf)
  • American Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire
  • Terrier Cross (only applies if the cross includes pit bull)
  • Mix Breed (only applies if the mix includes pit bull)
If a Restricted Dog is found off their property without a muzzle the dog owner will be subject to a fine of $200. 
REMINDER: ALL dog owners are required to clean up after their dogs.  Failure to do so could result in a fine of $100. 

Cats owners in Osoyoos are required to provide identification to be worn by their cat(s) at all times if the cat is 2 months of age or older. For more information on the control of cats in Osoyoos, please view our Animal Control Bylaw No. 1316, 2016

As Canada's only natural desert, summer temperatures in Osoyoos are consistently above 30ºC with plenty of sunshine. While this is great weather for humans to enjoy the beach, the lake, or the vineyards, it can cause plenty of stress for your pets. 
Pets In Hot Cars
In climates like Osoyoos, the inside of your car can reach extreme temperatures within minutes—even in the shade with the windows open! These temperatures can cause serious harm or even kill your pet. If you plan on leaving your pet unattended in your vehicle this summer, even for just a few minutes, please consider leaving him or her at home. 
Symptoms and Treatment of Heatstroke
After a day in the sun, your pet may begin to show signs of heatstroke. For a full list of symptoms of heatstroke and emergency treatment techniques, please consult the BC SPCA's webpage on dogs in hot cars
For more health and safety tips for your pets, please visit the BC SPCA website
Lost Pets
If you find a lost pet in Osoyoos or have lost your own, please contact Town Hall at 250.495.6515.
You may also contact the BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch.

While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the Town of Osoyoos.   Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
(TF) 1.888.495.6515
(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400


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To provide quality community services and facilities, which meet the needs of the current
and future residents of Osoyoos, in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner.

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