The City of Calgary will soon reward responsible pet owners.

The proposed program will give discount cards to people who license their pets. The city’s bylaw boss, Bill Bruce, said they want to do something positive.

“So often, we rely on the punitive side of compliance, and there’s also positive ways,” Bruce said.

The cards could give people discounts on anything from pet food and supplies, to home entertainment units.

The city is still looking for a company to run the reward system. Once they do, the cards will be given out at the same time as the licences.

“We’ll have something very unique and something very worthwhile to offer our pet owners,” said Bruce.

Calgarian Sasha Lacic owns a cat and a dog.

“I think it will probably encourage more people to get the licences and actually register their animal,” said Lacic.

Bruce said about 8,000 dogs in the city and as many as 60,000 cats in Calgary are not licensed.
The city hopes to launch the program in October.