Getting more people to license their dogs and cats will make up for the extra $833,100 Toronto proposes to spend on bolstering animal-related programs, says a staff report to the board of health.
The money would pay for programs to raise awareness about licensing and to hire 26 new Toronto Animal Services workers, including eight more enforcement officers.
The plan is to recover the costs by boosting the percentage of licensed pets in the city through marketing and door-to-door canvassing, making it easier to apply for a licence and cracking down on those who don’t bother.
Coun. John Filion, who chairs the board of health, said he supports the intent of the report but has concerns about the money involved. Last year, there was a $330,000 shortfall in the licensing strategy, which is to be offset by deferring or cutting certain costs within Toronto Animal Services.