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We care about our pets in Algonquin Highlands so we hope you'll join us in keeping them safe. Dog owners in the Township of Algonquin Highlands are required to obtain a dog license for each of their dogs.

Dog licenses can be purchased at the Township office at a cost of:

  • $10/dog – male dog, spayed female
  • $20/dog – non-spayed female
  • $20/dog – one time license fee for a dog that is microchipped

When you purchase a dog license you will be given a dog tag that must be attached to your dog’s collar. Licenses must be purchased by April 30th and expire on December 31st of each year.

Algonquin Highlands does not have an animal shelter.  The Township has an agreement with the Muskoka branch of the Ontario SPCA (Bracebridge) to take stray  animals whose owners cannot be found.  If you have lost your dog, check here or call the Township office to see if we’ve picked it up.  You may also contact the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre directly at 705-645-6225.  

Other great resources include:  

  • MOOSE FM 93.5 in Haliburton at 705-457-4855
  • 100.9 CANOE FM in Haliburton at 705-457-1009
  • Facebook page Lost and Found Pets of Haliburton County (you will need a Facebook account to access the page).

Any concerns or complaints regarding dogs barking consistently or running at large should be made to the Building & By-law Enforcement Department.

Dog attacks or biting incidents should be reported to Building & By-law Enforcement Department and the Ontario Provincial Police.  In an emergency situation call 9-1-1.

Wild Animals

To report a nuisance bear around your property, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Bear Wise hotline at 1-866-514-BEAR(2327), TTY 705-945-7641. In an immediate emergency call 9-1-1.

Contact Information

David Rogers
Chief Building Official/By-law Enforcement Officer
Phone: 705-489-2379 (Stanhope) 705-766-2211 (Dorset)
E-mail:  drogers@algonquinhighlands.ca

Greg Moore
Deputy Chief Building Official/By-law Enforcement Officer
Phone: 705-489-2379 (Stanhope) 705-766-2211 (Dorset)
E-mail:  gmoore@algonquinhighlands.ca 

Hours of Operation

Stanhope office: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dorset office: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Additional Information & Links

Documents

Control of Dogs By-law 2013-21