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  • Why License?

    One question we hear frequently is why folks should license their dogs?

    There are a number of reasons, but here are some of the primary benefits:

    • Your dog is an important member of your family. No matter how safe you think your dog is, storms, fireworks orDog Licensing other disturbances may prompt your dog to dig, jump or dart through a gate inadvertently left open. If your dog is lost, a license makes it far easier to reunite him with his family.
    • The fee you pay for your license helps us do our job, whether that’s providing shelter for abandoned animals, protecting neighborhoods from stray or aggressive dogs, providing low-cost vaccinations or teaching school children about responsible pet ownership. In fact, licensing fees make up 66 percent of our operating revenues.
    • It’s the law for any dog older than 3 months of age. And it doesn’t matter if your dog is a Chihuahua who spends most of his time indoors or a Bullmastiff who lives on a rural ranch. Late fees are nominal, but any person who knowingly fails to obtain a license for a dog may face a class 2 misdemeanor.
    • Call it Disney’s Lady and the Tramp factor, but licensing your dog shows others that you care about your pet and about doing your part for the community.
    • Because licensing requires a rabies vaccination, it helps ensure the community is protected from outbreaks.
    • It’s easy, convenient and just $19 a year for an altered dog. You can register online, in person, by mail or even through some of our participating vet clinics at the time of rabies vaccination. Discounts are available for qualifying seniors, disabled constituents, low-income residents and for service dogs.

    Want to license your dog online? Online Pet licensing - Must have a current rabies shot and current license cannot be expired.

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