Yesterday while I had Daisy at the vet I got all the dogs registered with the City - you can do it at most Vet's offices - you don't have to go the HRM's offices - and that way you don't have to dig out their spay or neuter certificates or other paperwork either - they have it all on file if you're at your regular vet.
I've registered Charlie over the years, but for some reason never registered Daisy or Buttercup - but this year I registered them all. I get emails quite regularly from people asking me about the process - for some reason because I have the "Charlie loves Halifax" site people think I know about those things - little do they know I'm as big a law breaker as anybody else! haha! What people mostly ask me is about the rabies thing - and how they can get around it - mostly everyone thinks that if they don't have a rabies certificate they WON'T be able to get the dogs registered - and that is in fact FALSE.
If you don't have a rabies vaccination all that happens is that you have to pay $10 more. That's it. So if you don't want to get your dog vaccinated, and you DO want to get your dog registered - DON'T vaccinate your dog! There isn't rabies in Nova Scotia yet - so don't do it if you don't want to, but DO register your dog if you want to have anything to do with dog politics in the HRM. I think it behooves us all to register our dogs if we want to have any say at all in what goes on in dog politics in our City - if you don't put your money where you mouth is, then shut your mouth. So go get your dog registered so that you can be counted - because John Charles said at one of the off-leash strategy sessions that they're thinking of tying off-leash parks to where the highest numbers of dogs are registered geographically. Think about that for a moment. And then go spend $15 or $10 or $30 if you've been especially stupid and haven't spayed or neutered your dog. The fiscal year goes from April 1st to April 1st.