Dog Tags must be purchased on an annual basis for each dog, by the first of the year. Dog tags are required for each dog by Council by-law. The fee paid helps support our dog pound.
Why should I purchase a dog tag?
The main reason is peace of mind. If your dog gets loose, we can contact you right away so your dog can get home. This minimizes stress on the dog as well as you, the owner.
The annual fee is $15, however after March 31, 2013 a late fee of an additional $10.00 will apply.
Residents who purchased tags in previous years will be mailed a renewal form. If dog tags are mailed back to the applicants enclose a SELF ADDRESSED, POSTAGE PAID ENVELOPE with the payment.
To contact the Town of Lakeshore Dog Catcher dial 519-728-5010.
Lakeshore's dog catcher picks up dogs in the Town of Lakeshore only. Each municipality has their own dog catcher. For dogs sited outside of Lakeshore, contact that area's dog catcher.
Lakeshore Dog Pound serves the Municipalities of:
Occasionally we receive dogs from outside our area, such as Chatham Kent or Leamington/Kingsville. You are welcome to contact the Pound if you have lost a dog from a surrounding municipality.
The Dog Pound is jointly funded and managed by the municipalities of Lakeshore, Lasalle, Tecumseh and Essex. The goal of the Joint Dog Pound is reflected by our commitment "to maintain animal control in the County through the promotion of responsible pet ownership."
The Mission Statement is:
- We promise to love and care for the pets brought into the pound to the best of our ability.
- We promise to make them as comfortable as possible in a difficult situation.
- We promise to do our best to find them homes.
- When all else fails, we promise to end their lives humanely in order to make room for the endless supply of animals to follow.
When a stray animal is captured by the Animal Control Officer, or is received from the public, every attempt is made to locate its owner. The animal is thoroughly checked for an identifying dog tag or tattoo and scanned for an identified microchip. Calls are made to owners or to the Veterinary Clinic from the information retrieved. If there are no clues as to ownership, the Pound Keeper contacts the Humane Society to cross check their records of calls of reported missing pets. In a perfect world... the anxious owner is reunited with their lost pet. In reality, the pound keeper makes the pet comfortable and fed and the she waits... and hopes. The redemption period is three days. Following the redemption period, the Pound Keeper assesses the dog's potential for adoption. Pets that qualify for adoption are available only to responsible owners who must complete an adoption form.
The fee for adopting an animal is $50.00 plus the cost of a dog tag from the municipality where the animal will reside. The Town of Lakeshore will waive the fee for a dog tag for residents for the first year. Essex and LaSalle will also waive the dog tag fee for the first year for residents adopting a dog.
If you have room in your home and in your heart, please consider adopting a worthy pet from Lakeshore Area Dog Pound.
Hours of operation, open to the public, are:
Monday to Friday 12:00 Noon to 4:30 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Telephone 519-727-6495, fax 519-727-3073.
The address is 914 Puce Road accessible via 401 Puce Road exit.
The Dog pound Committee recognizes the contribution of the St. Clair College Veterinary Program for their assistance and support.
Call your municipality for the number of your Animal Control Officer in your area if you have sited a wandering dog.
If you have lost your pet, contact the Poundkeeper. We can have dogs from all over the County. Occassionally we have animals from other municipalities, including Chatham-Kent.
Fine: $32 for the 1st offense
$54 for the 2nd offence
$107 for subsequent offences
Also payable: $10 per day impound fee
Owners must purchase a dog tag before picking up their dog. By purchasing a tag, you can save yourself money and heartache and we can reunite you with your dog faster.
Dog Pound Mailing Address:
Attention Dog Pound,
419 Notre Dame,
Belle River, Ontario, N0R 1A0
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 12:00 Noon - 4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Some of the services available through the Dog Pound Facility are:
Dog Tag sales for Lakeshore, Essex, LaSalle and Tecumseh
Taking in Dogs that are lost.
Provide care for dogs in the pound (feeding and of course lots of TLC to make the dogs feel safe and happy).
Adoptions of unclaimed dogs. This includes maintaining active relationships with Rescue organizations for dogs that do not have a home to go to.
Help people find homes for pets if they cannot keep them any longer.
Please call our Pound Keeper at the above noted phone number for more information on the services available at the Lakeshore Dog Pound.
Donations Always Welcome
The Lakeshore Dog Pound takes donations of Dog Food, Dog Treats, Leashes, Collars, Blankets and Toys.
Our Facility also takes in Pop Cans, Newspapers and Zehrs Receipt Tapes as these donations greatly assist Rescue Groups with their animals.
Our Dog Pound does not have the facilities to accept stray cats. The Windsor Essex County Humane Society (519) 966-5751 will take in pet cats, strays, rabbits and small animals. The Town of Lakeshore supplements the cost to surrender a pet or drop off a stray. They will accept injured or sick cats at any time. Visit their website at http://bit.ly/ccrD0E to obtain more information and the current fee.
All cat drop-offs must be done by appointment, walk-ins will not be accepted. This practice has been put into place to comply with the new provincial regulations. Individuals with appointments will have their fee reduced.
The Town of Lakeshore will continue to supplement the cost of dropping off cats from the municipality to the Humane Society.
Animal Control Notice
In accordance with By-Law 46-2002, dangerous dogs and certain breeds/cross breeds of the Pit Bull and Terrier family are banned from the Town of Lakeshore.
Unless previously registered, the following breeds are banned from the Town of Lakeshore:
American Pit Bull
American Staffordshire Terrior
Any hybrid dog produced from a breed mentioned above
Any crossbreed that possesses substantial characteristics of one or more of the above breeds
If livestock is killed by a dog or wild animal the owner of the livestock may claim and be compensated for damages through the Town of Lakeshore. The Livestock Valuer appointed by the Town of Lakeshore will need to make an on site visit to your property to assess the damage and loss of livestock. Please contact the Clerk for the Livestock Valuer's contact information.