License a pet

You can buy a new one or two year pet licence, or renew an existing licence online.

If you have licensed your pet before but your details have changed, you can update your pet and owner information.

To request an official receipt of purchase, please email

Replacement tags

You can buy replacement tags for $5.25 at the Animal Services shelter or by phone. Call 905-896-5858 and choose option 4, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What happens next

  • Your new pet licence tag will be mailed within five business days.
  • If you’re renewing a licence, it will be renewed in our system within one business day. No new tag will be mailed.

Licence fees

Regular rate 1 year 2 year
Dog, spayed or neutered $25 $40
Dog, not spayed or neutered $50 $90
Cat, spayed or neutered $20 $30
Cat, not spayed or neutered $45 $80
Older adults’ rate (65 years and older) 1 year 2 year
Dog, spayed or neutered $15 $20
Dog, not spayed or neutered $25 $40
Cat, spayed or neutered $10 $20
Cat, not spayed or neutered $20 $40

You will need to provide valid ID if you are 65 years of age or older.

Veterinarian information is required for spayed or neutered dogs or cats.

Fee exemptions

All cats and dogs must be licensed, but some may be eligible for fee exemptions.

Service animals are dogs and other specially trained animals that assist people with visual or hearing impairments and other disabilities. They can be identified by specifically marked harness.

There is no licence fee for service dogs, however you must provide documentation when you apply for the licence. The documentation should certify that the service animal has completed an accredited animal training program. Contact Animal Services for more information.

Therapy animals must be prescribed by a doctor to qualify for a fee exemption. When you apply for a licence, you must submit a letter on official physician letterhead indicating that the dog or cat is prescribed for medical reasons. The letter must be dated and signed by the physician.

Animal Services will review the documentation and determine whether the animal is eligible for a fee exemption.

We offer fee assistance for citizens who can’t afford the licence fee. For information on how to qualify, call Animal Services at 905-896-5858.

Other ways to license a pet

By phone

Call 905-896-5858, choose option 3 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

In person

Visit the Animal Services Shelter to submit the completed Pet Licence Application.

If you’re renewing an existing pet licence, don’t forget to bring the renewal form that you received with your pet licence renewal notice. If you can’t find your renewal notice, please call Animal Services.

By mail

Download the Pet Licence Application and mail it to the Animal Services Shelter with your cheque (no post-dated cheques).

Cancel your pet licence

If your no longer have your pet, or in the unfortunate event that your pet dies, and you no longer need your pet licence, you can contact us via email at or by phone at 905-896-5858, choosing option 3, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Why you need a licence

If you own a pet dog or cat in Mississauga, it must be licensed as per the Animal Care and Control By-law. A pet licence is your pet’s identification and must be visible on your pet’s collar. It contains information about your pet that is vital to help Mississauga Animal Services return your pet if it goes missing.

As a pet owner, you are responsible for buying and renewing your pet licence every year.

If your pet is not licensed, as an owner you may be fined an administrative penalty.

Pet licence fees help Animal Services to:

  • Care for and feed homeless pets
  • Return lost pets to their homes
  • Provide veterinary services to animals in our care
  • Rescue sick, injured domestic animals and wildlife
  • Provide 24/7 emergency animal rescue services
  • Investigate animal care issues
  • Keep neighbourhoods safe for people and pets
  • Conduct community education programs