When owning a pet, we all have to be responsible to register our new family members.
"It's that time of year where we appreciate citizens who own dogs or cats to come in and register them. There is a really benefit of municipal enforcement where if we come across a stray animal and he's wearing a tag, it's much easier to return it to it's owner," stated Drumheller Bylaw officer, Greg Peters.
"Often we find out right away who's dog it is, but often a dog that we pick up is usually in distress as they'd much rather be home than with us. We need to identify and animal. A lot of people think that their cats should be able to roam the neighbourhoods, but that is against the response of pet owners bylaw in town," explained Peters.
Peters mentioned that a lot of people don't claim mostly cats because of the cost.
"We take every measure possible to not euthanize. In my 10 years as supervisor, we have not had to euthanize healthy animals. Any animal we take in is examined by the veterinarian before we lodge and assume full care before we find the owner," added Peters.
Pets can be registered at any time in the year, but preferably sooner than later.
"We appreciate it if they stick to the calendar year and have everybody registered by January 1, but that's not always possible. We appreciate people's efforts, they can register an animal anytime of the year, but the clock starts ticking January 1."