What Are the Benefits of Licensing?

If you're like us, your pet is part of your family. Licensing your pet acts as a form of insurance, enabling animal control officers to contact you if your pet becomes lost. Additionally, by purchasing a license for your pet, you are helping to provide funding that ensures all lost pets are given appropriate attention and medical care while waiting to be reunited with their owners.

By licensing your pet, you:

  • dramatically increase the chance that you will be reunited with your pet should he or she become lost
  • establish ownership of your pet, especially important when a fellow citizen finds your lost pet
  • guarantee that your pet, family, and neighborhood are protected against rabies
  • provide much needed funding for your city’s animal control, which will in turn provide food, shelter, and medical care for your pet if/when he/she is lost
  • may be helping to provide access to low-cost spay/neuter services for low-income residents in your area
  • avoid costly fines down the road for non-compliance

Licensing your pet is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your pet in the unfortunate case that he or she becomes lost. 

Many pets in shelters were once owned, but due to a lack of identification are never reunited with their owners.  The unfortunate truth is that many of these pets never find homes and are ultimately euthanized.  Licensing your pet increases your change of being reunited with your pet, which allows animal control to focus on caring for and finding homes for other pets in need. 

Bottom line:

More pets licensed = more pets reunited with owners = fewer pets in shelters = fewer pets euthanized. 

How are the licensing fees used?

Licensing fees provide much needed revenue to your city/county, and your animal control agency.

A majority of your licensing fee will be used to fund animal control activities, such as picking up and housing stray animals, providing impounded animals with food, water, and necessary medical attention, and making all attempts possible to reunite pets with their owners.

Additionally, licensing fees may be used:

  • to operate a “Free Ride Home” program.  If your licensed pet is picked up by animal control, they’ll bring Fluffy home instead of taking him to the shelter!
  • to subsidize low-cost spay and neuter services for low-income families in your area
  • to host adoption events or other community fairs geared at spreading the word about the wonderful pets available in the shelter
  • to deliver public education and school programs