New Montreal pet regulations mean that Montreal pet owners need to have their cats or dogs microchipped by January 1, 2020.\nPet owners of cats, dogs, and rabbits also need to have their pets sterilized by the same deadline.\nInformation on where to find services in Montreal and the fines for noncompliance are below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIf you are a pet owner in Montreal, the deadline to have your pet microchipped and sterilized is quickly approaching. In fact, the deed needs to be done by January 1, 2020, according to new Montreal pet regulations. The new city bylaw goes into effect on Wednesday, meaning time is running out if you want to avoid the potential $400 fine you may face for not microchipping your dog or cat and the potential $300 fine for not sterilizing your pet.\nMicrochipping is now mandatory for cats and dogs over six months old, as is sterilization of cats, dogs, and rabbits over six months old.\nAccording to The Canadian Press, the "majority of the 1,000 dogs and 5,000 cats received by the Montreal SPCA are not sterilized or microchipped on arrival," which can, in some cases, lead to the euthanasia of certain animals.\nBoth the Montreal SPCA and the Association des médecins vétérinaires du Québec (AMVQ), along with Projet Montreal, who put the bylaw into effect, hope these measures will reduce the number of lost animals, as well as decrease the number of "unwanted" or otherwise unplanned offspring due to unsterilized pets.\nIn Montreal, cats and dogs will now need to undergo the quick and painless procedure of receiving a microchip for owners to avoid the associated fine.\nThe Montreal SPCA offers the service for just $45.\nAccording to the City of Montreal, microchipping is a "permanent method of identifying the owner of a lost pet so that he or she can be contacted."\nUnlike the tag on a collar, this microchip, which is as small as a grain of rice, sits under the skin of an animal and can't be lost.\nREAD ALSO: Up To 25cm Of Snow Is About To Get Dumped On Montreal For New Year's Eve\nWhen it comes to sterilizing cats, dogs, and rabbits over the age of six months, Montreal pet owners also need to meet the January 1 deadline.\nThe minimum fine, according to The Canadian Press, is $300 in Montreal and $100 in Laval.\nView this post on Instagram Moningning (9 ans) se prélasse dans le bureau de notre directrice générale. Cette demoiselle affectueuse recherche un foyer où elle sera le seul chat, car elle souhaite devenir la princesse de la maison! Venez la rencontrer! Pour voir tous les chats disponibles pour adoption jetez un oeil au lien dans notre bio. // Moningning (9 years old) enjoys lounging in our executive director’s office. This affectionate little princess is looking for a home where she’ll be the only feline so she can rule her kingdom! Come and meet her! To see all the cats available for adoption, click on the link in our bio. . . . . . #cat #chat #sheltercats #kitten #spca #catsofinstagram #catstagram #animalrescue #spca #spcamontreal #montrealspca A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Nov 16, 2019 at 8:35am PST\nThe cost of sterilization in Quebec, according to AMVQ estimates reported by The Canadian Press, is between $219 and $289 for kittens and $328 to $367 for puppies.\nThese costs can be subsidized by the Mittens-Montreal SPCA Targeted Permanent Sterilization Clinic for "animal guardians with limited financial resources." However, the cost is not publicly disclosed.\nView this post on Instagram Nous avons craqué pour les beaux yeux de Dragonne (13 ans). Elle nous quitte aujourd’hui pour aller rejoindre un de nos partenaires en Ontario! Nous lui souhaitons de longues siestes… et des câlins à profusion auprès de sa nouvelle famille d’accueil! 🐶❤️ We fell head over heels for Dragonne’s beautiful eyes. Our sweet 13-year old is leaving today to go to one of our partners in Ontario. We wish her long naps and plenty of cuddles in her new foster home! . . . . #dog #shelterdog #shelterdogsrock #adoptdontshop #love #doglovers #dogadoption #fosterhome #shelter #animalshelter #adoption #spca #montrealspca #spcamontreal #dogsofinstagram #instadog A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Nov 30, 2019 at 8:37am PST\nRegarding sterilization, visit the Montreal SPCA website to get more information on why this is the best option for your pet and how you can access their network of services.\nFor information on microchipping your pet, visit the Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec or get in touch with your vet.\nThe Montreal SPCA also offers the quick, no-appointment-necessary procedure for only $45.