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Pet care

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About pet care in Victoria

Victoria is a city of animal lovers. There are pet-sitters, doggy daycare, dog-walking and pet grooming services as well as pet health care services and facilities for all your pet's needs. Depending on the type of treatment required, several veterinarians will come to your home, saving a lot of time and stress for you and your pet.

For emergencies, the Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital's Animal Treatment Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's located at 760 Roderick Street, Victoria; phone 250-475-2495.

The Victoria SPCA runs a shelter and clinic and always has many animals that need permanent or foster homes. You can also call them if you find an animal in distress. They are located at 3150 Napier Lane, Victoria; their office number is 250-388-7722 and their emergency numbers are 250-883-6729 and 1-877-302-7722.

The Victoria Cat Rescue Corps Society promotes spaying and neutering in order to reduce the stray cat population, offers financial assistance to pet owners, and provides education on responsible pet ownership. Please check their website for current information on their foster and adoption programs.

You can walk your dog off-leash in many designated parks and walkways, thanks to the City of Victoria's "Paws in Parks" program. Just make sure you "pick up" after your dog; many dog-walking areas have plastic-bag dispensers for this purpose.

Visit victoriadogs.com for more information about off-leash parks, dog-related events and news.

Dog licences

Dog-owners must buy dog licences through their municipality of residence. If you live in Victoria or Oak Bay, consult Victoria Animal Control Services, which also runs a dog pound and adoption centre.

In Saanich, purchase dog licences at the Saanich Municipal Hall or local recreation centres. You can also order and pay online. Check their website for current fees. Their website also features "Fun Facts about Saanich's Canine Residents," including the most popular names (currently it's Max for males, Molly for females) and the most popular breed (the Labrador is top dog right now).

Residents of Esquimalt, Central Saanich, North Saanich and Sidney should buy dog licences through their respective municipal government offices.

The Capital Regional District governs animal control bylaws and provides dog licences for residents of other municipalities.

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