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License a Cat or Dog

License your pet online.All dogs and cats must be licensed at four months of age and have proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Click here to license your cat, dog or ferret online!

If you prefer to download an application and mail or take it into Animal Services (see below for office hours), click the link below.

Pet License Application (.pdf)

*Note, you will need a .pdf compatible program, such as Adobe Reader, to open this document. Click here to download Adobe Reader.

You can also ask for a license when you purchase your rabies shot at these participating vet's offices:

Veterinarians Selling Licenses

  • All About Pets
  • Auburndale Animal Hospital
  • Audubon Animal Hospital
  • Banfield Animal Hospitals
  • Barbour Lane Animal Hospital
  • Bardstown Road Animal Hospital
  • Chenoweth Animal Hospital
  • Cherokee Animal Hospital
  • Crescent Hill Animal Hospital
  • Davis Animal Clinic
  • Derby City Animal Hospital
  • Doerr Animal Hospital
  • East Louisville Animal Hospital
  • Fairleigh Pet Center (Bardstown Road)
  • Fegenbush Lane Animal Clinic
  • Gailor Animal Hospital
  • Goose Creek Animal Clinic
  • Grimes-Wood Animal Hospital
  • Iroquois Animal Hospital
  • Jefferson Animal Hospital
  • Jefferson Animal Hospital East
  • Middletown Animal Hospital
  • Shelbyville Road Veterinary Clinic
  • Westport Road Animal Hospital
  • Whipps Mill Animal Hospital
Licensing your cat or dog is easy! Your pet’s license tag is their strongest link to you.  Being reunited with your pet is just a phone call away: from 7am to 11pm 365 days a year...dispatchers are on duty to help with the process. 

License your pet today!

License Fees:
  • Please add .50 cents for postage and processing for each license on mail-in applications
  • Altered (spayed/neutered) $9.00
  • Unaltered $50.00 (includes $35.00 spay/neuter voucher)
  • Discounted Rate for Senior Citizens' pet licenses $4.50 (pets must be ALTERED to qualify, limit of two pets per household)) 
  • All dogs, cats, and ferrets must be licensed at four months of age

Our Administrative Office Hours are:

Monday - 12 - 6 pm
Tuesday - 12 - 6 pm
Wednesday - 12 - 6 pm
Thursday - 12 - 6 pm
Friday - 12 - 6 pm 
Saturday - 11 am - 2 pm 
Closed - Sundays & Holidays 


Why is it important to license your pet?

To safeguard public health
Every licensed pet has been vaccinated against rabies. This protects your pets, children and neighbors against this transmittable disease! When the license tag is visible, you know a stray animal has been vaccinated!

To insure the impoundment and return of strays
With proper identification, your pet can be returned more quickly and sometimes without a trip to the shelter! If it is impounded and taken to the shelter, it is safer there than it would be roaming the streets in harms way. A license tag can be easily traced to the animal’s owner with a phone call to Metro Animal Services (MAS) at (502) 363-6609 any time between 7 a.m. -11 p.m. when most veterinarians are closed. A license tag is your pet’s ticket home!

To allow us to enforce laws
If MAS can track pet ownership, then we know where to focus our services. violators in your neighborhood can be tracked and their violations documented.

To support the adoption of unwanted pets
Your yearly license fee helps us create a safe and comfortable place for strays and unwanted pets. It also pays for services and education.

It’s the law!
The best way to support responsible dog ownership is to set a good example for others.