Central Okanagan parkgoers hitting the parks with their four-legged friends may run into Kaia and Nolan, the regional district’s dog ambassadors who can be outdoor hot spots from Lake Country to Peachland.
Their mission is considered one of education, and so they’re going to be on the move this summer informing all dog owners, residents and visitors in regards to the responsible dog ownership bylaw and the ‘my dog matters’ rewards program.
“As dog ambassadors, it’s our job to share information and answer questions that dog owners could have,” Nolan said.
“To assist, we created a QR code that we stock around with us so residents can quickly access details about dog-friendly parks, beaches and businesses within the region.”
Along with dispensing information, they may have tasty treats, dog toys, leashes, water bowls and other freebies to reward responsible dog owners.
As well, in the course of the summer months, dog control officers can be out on patrol in vehicles and on bikes during prolonged hours.
A less friendly face of this pet-focused endeavor involves officers in search of dog licences.
“There’s zero tolerance for unlicensed dogs within the Central Okanagan,” the regional district said in a press release.
“Dog owners are reminded of their responsibility to leash their dog in public (unless in a chosen off-leash area) and to choose up and properly eliminate their pet waste.”
Those that lose or discover a dog are asked to contact the Regional District Dog Pound at 250-469-6284 to assist the regional district reunite dogs with their owners.