All dogs and cats must be licensed by the time they reach 6 months old, or within 30 days of being brought into the city whether or not they go outside. Licensing requirements are set by city ordinance. This requirement protects the public by ensuring all dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies, a requirement for licenses/tags. The license tag assists the city's Animal Control operation when returning stray animals to their owners.
The license year is Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
To get a license, animals must have an unexpired rabies vaccination. Submitted rabies certificates are returned to the resident with the tag.
Renewal: Renewal statements are mailed Jan. 1. Residents have until June 30 to license each pet without incurring a penalty; for each pet licensed on or after July 1, residents will be charged a $20 penalty per animal in addition to the license fee and cannot be waived (OPMC 6.04). Residents are responsible for ensuring that vaccinations do not expire during the license year.
- $10 for spayed/neutered pets
- $20 for non-spayed/non-neutered pets
- $20 penalty fee if not renewed by June 30
Deceased Pet or Other: If your pet is deceased or you are no longer caring for the pet, send an email to email@example.com with your name and your pet's name so our records can be updated accordingly.
Online - Registration/Renewal
- Please be aware that licenses through the Pets and More site requires creation of a new online account, which may take 24 hours (M-F) to approve.
Online Instructions on Pets & More site
In Person - Registration
Print and fill out a license form.
Return the form between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to:
City Clerk's Office
8500 Santa Fe Drive
An after hours drop off box is located next to the front doors at City Hall.
Pets in poor health
If your pet is in poor health and cannot receive a rabies vaccination, a letter from your veterinarian explaining it is required before a tag may be issued.