Dog Licenses

Every dog living in the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand needs a current dog tag each year. 

Dog tags for the Township of Hamilton, Township of Alnwick-Haldimand, and the Municipality of Port Hope can now be purchased online through a partnership with the Northumberland Humane Society and DocuPet, an online software platform.

The new online service will allow pet owners to purchase dog licenses from the comfort of their home, maintain a pet profile, receive access to the HomeSafe 24/7 lost pet service, upgrade to personalized designer tag styles, and receive automated renewal notices. The online pet profile allows Northumberland Humane Society staff – the animal services by-law enforcement provider for all three communities - to quickly identify dogs and reduce the amount of time a lost dog spends in the shelter. This will significantly reduce stress for the animal and families and decrease the demand on resources such as shelter space, food, medical, and bedding.

In addition, dog tags will now be valid for 365 days from date of purchase compared to the previous calendar year model, which required pet owners to purchase their tags by January 1st of each year. This gives residents more flexibility and offers better value for money. In addition, the new service will allow for easier enforcement because reports will identify when a licence hasn't been renewed and a proactive approach can be taken through education and communication.

Township of Alnwick/Haldimand Dog Licensing Fees 2023:
• Dog Licence - Spayed or Neutered $20.00
• Dog Licence - Not spayed or neutered $35.00
• Replacement Tag - $5.00

2022 dog tags will remain valid until May 31, 2023 to allow pet owners time to purchase their new tags through DocuPet.
Residents of the three municipalities can purchase their 2023 dog tags online at, by mail, over the phone or in person at the Northumberland Humane Society at their Port Hope facility (371 Ward Street) during their regular business hours.

Contact Information:
For more information, please contact:

Pat Kemp, Municipal Clerk
Telephone: 905-349-2822 ext.25


Joint Animal Control Municipal Service Board

The Corporation of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Township of Hamilton, Town of Cobourg and Municipality of Port Hope are partnering to provide a Joint Animal Control Services Program.


Municipal Animal Services

The Municipal Animal Services are committed to the care and well-being of all animals in its mandate. They catch lost animals and arrange for pet adoptions. If the Municipal Animal Services finds your lost pet, you will have to pay a $30 Impound Fee and a $15/night Board Fee (plus HST) to get your pet released.

The Municipal Animal Services is located at 2363 Theatre Road South (between Highway 2 and Telephone Road). You can call their office at 905-885-7808 or Dispatch at 905-885-8092.

Animal Control By-Laws

Please read the Animal Control by-law for information about the by-laws regulating animals in the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand.

View the Animal Control By-Law No. 133-2019

Backyard Hens

Learn more about the rules surrounding backyard hens in the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand.