Actually if you haven't renewed by now, you are late. I don't believe there's a late fee, but check with the town on this. The town would like to have all dog/cat licenses renewed by the end of January.
If you had an previous license, then you have already received a notice in the mail reminding you to renew. My notice went to the wrong address, and I received a courtesy call today from the animal control officer. That call was to confirm my address and to remind me to get my dog's license renewed.
The charge is $10/year for a dog or cat that is spayed or neutered. If your pet isn't fixed the fee is $50/year. Here's more information. You must have proof of your pet having a rabies shot to get a license.
If you don't get your dog/cat licensed and it's caught running loose, the fines can be pretty steep. The base fine is usually $50, but it depends on the judge and if you are a repeat offender. The fines could go higher. Although I've never heard of anyone getting a fine for an at large cat.
If you live out of town you don't need to have a pet license. Keep in mind if your dog or cat gets lost and is wearing a license tag, it's easier for you to find your pet. Your information can be tracked through the license number.
That is Lucky the Wonder Dog in the picture. He wasn't running loose. He was playing at a Grand Junction dog park.
In talking with Michelle, the animal control officer, I learned that this year the town will do it's low cost dog vaccines in May. So be on the lookout for more information on that program as we get closer to the date.
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