All dogs over the age of 4 months are required by City Ordinance (Ordinance 6535, Section 4-15 to 4-18) to be licensed within 30 days. All pet licenses are good for 1 year beginning the 1st day of the month that the animal is vaccinated for rabies.
Pet owners should apply for the license within 30 days of the date of the vaccination. If the application is made after 30 days, the cost of the license will increase by 50%.
Registration & Renewal Options
When you license a pet, you’ll receive a numbered tag that the pet must wear on his or her collar at all times when the animal is not inside a private building. Pet licenses must be renewed annually.
- City Hall: Bring the pet’s rabies vaccination certificate to the finance window at City Hall, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please do not bring the animal as s/he does not have to be present to get licensed.
- Liberty Animal Shelter: Bring the pet’s rabies vaccination certificate to the Liberty Animal Shelter. Please do not bring the animal as s/he does not have to be present to get licensed. Hours vary so please check the schedule in the green column to the right before visiting.
- Liberty Veterinarian: For your convenience, pet licenses are available from Liberty veterinarians so you can purchase your license while your pet visits for routine shots and care.
Rates for Cats & Dogs
- $1 fee to have pet license transferred from one owner to another.
- $5 for spayed/neutered.
- $10 for non-spayed/neutered.
- Your veterinarian may assess additional administrative and processing fees.
Reasons to License Your Pet
- A license tells everyone that your pet is not a stray.
- Licenses help link lost pets with his or her owners. A license may prevent a lost pet from being turned into a shelter.
- City licenses allow Animal Control to quickly identify whether or not a dog has been vaccinated for rabies.