First of all, thank you for wanting to be a responsible pet owner! Dogs wearing a license tag are more likely to be returned to their owner versus dogs who cannot be identified. On the first offense of being in violation of Municipal Code 15.01.070 - Control of Animal, a dog with a current license and spayed or neutered will be returned to the owner for free (if impounded during normal business hours).
So, you may ask, why does my dog need a license and how do I get one? In the early 1900's the outbreak of rabies in people and animals was high - and deadly. A rabies vaccination program was introduced to prevent the rabies virus from spreading. The license is the way of tracking animals who have been vaccinated against the rabies virus.
To get a license, you take your pet to a veterinarian who will administer the rabies vaccination and provide a certificate of proof. The certificate is taken to the Animal Services Department who will enter the rabies information into a database and provide a license tag. The dog must wear the tag when off the owner's property.
What is the cost of a dog license? A dog that has been spayed or neutered qualifies for a lower cost license. The cost for an unaltered dog is $87, however, a voucher will be provided to spay or neuter your dog at a local veterinarian. An altered dog is $12. A certificate of sterility is required to qualify.
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