Just when I was setting down to write about pet licensing, loyal reader Ken Wood sent me an email regarding an "amnesty period" offered by Toronto Animal Services. From what I understand, the period lasts from September 1 through to October 31, during which pet owners throughout the city are free from fines if their pets are not licensed. Under the headline Pet Licence (sic) Forgiveness, the city's website states, "Toronto Animal Services is offering a Pet Licence (sic) Amnesty period from September 1 to October 31. Please license or renew your pet's licence (sic) now and you will not be issued any fines."
What strikes me as odd is the fact that soon, the entire program of pet licensing within the city may be scrapped altogether, as proposed by a city review. Perhaps I am misinformed, but as far as I know, no decision has been made yet. If that is indeed the case, why on earth would TAS be promoting pet licensing at this time? The only explanation I can think of is for a quick tax grab, before the program possibly becomes obsolete. Again, if I am missing some information, shame on me, though if my facts are indeed correct, shame on Toronto Animal Services!