Coral Henderson and Yoda encourage West Shore residents to bring non-perishable food items to the Capital Regional District Bylaw and Animal Care Services on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Battle to be top dog

Bring in a food donation when getting a dog licence and you can be entered in a draw to get the No. 0001 dog licence on the West Shore.

Bring in a food donation when getting a dog licence and you can be entered in a draw to get the No. 0001 dog licence on the West Shore next year.

“We get lots of calls for people asking for the No. 1,” said Coral Henderson, administrative co-ordinator for Capital Regional District Bylaw and Animal Care Services.

From now until Dec. 31 every food item dropped off will get a pet owner an entry in the draw.

“We are hoping to get a few truck loads of food for the Goldstream Food Bank,” Henderson said.

If the winner would like another special number instead of No. 1, Henderson will try her best to accommodate the request.

“I once had a gambler ask for 777,” she said.

Henderson’s lucky number is seven and she always tries to get that tag for her Pomeranian, Yoda.

Dog owners are required to purchase a licence every year and the Langford office sells 11,000 a year serving the West Shore, Sooke, Juan de Fuca electoral area and the Gulf Islands.

“A dog licence is your pet’s best ticket home,” said Henderson, who once got a call from her colleagues when Yoda left the backyard through a loose fence panel and ended up at City Centre Park.

Dog licences can be purchased online, over the phone or in person. Henderson hopes to collect at least 2,000 food items.

CRD Bylaw and Animals Care Services office is located at 212-2780 Veterans Memorial Parkway.