Licensing Fido

Dear Liz,

I’m not a scofflaw, but I’ve never registered my dog with the town I live in.

Why should I?


Animal Delinquent

Dear Delinquent:

Well, the beginning, middle and end to your answer is that it’s the law.  However, to explain more as to why it helps, I’ll get into it further.

When you license your dog, it gives the dog an identifying number.  Should your dog wander away and someone finds it, that number will be the identifier that will get Fido back to you asap. This will save you impound fees and the possibility that your dog doesn’t get returned.  That number is your dogs and your dog’s only for the year starting July 1st and ending June 30th the next year.

Dog licenses are not the same as Rabies tags.  The dog licenses come from the Town Clerk’s office and the Rabies tag from your veterinarian.

Fees for dog licenses are different for those that are spayed or neutered and for those that are not.  It’s more expensive (by about $10.00) to license unaltered dogs.  Not sure why, but it is.

All dogs over the age of 6 months must be licensed in the town in which they reside. Cats are not required to be licensed.  FYI, though, both dogs and cats are required, by law, to be vaccinated against Rabies.

The fees collected do help your town’s budget, too.  Part of the fees collected from dog licenses goes back into the town’s pocket, helping their expenses.

So hopefully that helps explain why it’s important to license Fido.  One more thing, though, to consider is that the fine for having an unlicensed dog is about $60.00 last time I checked.

Hope that helps!


One Response

  1. The reason it costs more is because so many people are irresponsible about letting intact dogs breed. A male can smell the female in season for 4 miles. A person who does not bother to bring their female in for 21 days, twice a year, is asking for unwanted and multi-crossbred puppies. Male owners are responsible as well. Either for unwanted puppies or the death of their intact male for trespassing. Now could someone please let me know why you must have an intact dog to show it? You’d think the AKC would recind this very stupid rule.

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