Central Okanagan Dog Control Services supports and encourages responsible dog ownership across the entire Regional District.
They understand their responsibilities:
- care, train and control their pet
- act as a good neighbour in handling their dog on and off their property
- They license their pet
- leash it in public keeping it under their care and control at all times
- pick up and properly dispose of waste
- hold other dog owners accountable for good dog behaviour
When owners properly care for their dogs the number and severity of dog-related problems decreases along with the need for enforcement.
The Central Okanagan Dog Control Service enforces the Consolidated Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343 throughout the Central Okanagan
- West Kelowna
- Lake Country
- Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas
We maintain and operate the Regional Dog Pound for lost or found dogs.
All Dogs In The Central Okanagan Must Be Licensed Each Calendar Year, And Must Wear Their Dog Tags For Identification. There is Zero Tolerance for unlicensed dogs. - $300 Fine applies.
My Dog Park Finder - on the free My Dog Matters App. No login required.
Dog Parks in Central Okanagan
What to Do If You See A Dog in Distress in an Enclosed Vehicle - BC SPCA Information Sheet
Dog Ambassadors Program
The Principles of Responsible Dog Ownership
1. Provide a License and Permanent Identification
A current and valid dog license tag must be worn on a dog's collar or harness. The license is your dog's ticket home, should it unfortunately get away. This ticket home allows Dog Control Services to reunite lost pets with their owners and families. Think of it as reunification insurance! The Regional District enforces a Zero Tolerance policy on all unlicensed dogs. The fine is $300 plus the cost of purchasing a dog license and any applicable impound fees. It will be reduced by 50% if the ticket is paid within 14 days.
2. Spay or Neuter your pet
'Fixing' your dog so that it can't breed not only prevents overpopulation, but it makes for a happier and often better behaved dog. There are also potential health benefits that your veterinarian can explain to you.
3. Provide training, socialization, proper diet and medical care
A basic obedience training program for your dog at an early age, is often the first step to having a well socialized and behaved dog. Responsible dog owners ensure their dog doesn't bite, bark at, threaten or chase other animals, people, bicycles or vehicles.
4. Don't allow your dog to become a nuisance
The Dog Pound is located at 890 Weddell Place, Kelowna (between Richter Street and Gordon Drive)
The Regional District also provides contract Pound services and assistance as requested for the Westbank First Nation reserve lands only. Services are NOT provided for the Okanagan Indian Band IR # 7 lands in the Lake Country area.
The SPCA Animal Shelter is located at 3785 Casorso Road (near Benvoulin Road in Kelowna) and you can phone 250-861-7722. The Regional District Dog Service provides acceptable unclaimed dogs for adoption to the BC SPCA as space is available in SPCA Shelters. In 2018, 59 dogs were transferred to the SPCA for adoption!
Documents and Information
Statistics for Dogs Licensed/Impounded/Ticketed