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A Holiday Gift to Pet Owners: Licensing Late Fees Waived!

Thursday November 11, 2010

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, Metro Animal Services (MAS) is giving pets and their owners a gift: MAS is waiving the licensing late fees for cats, dogs and ferrets whose licenses have either lapsed or have never been purchased. Late fees can range from $17.64 for altered animals to $30.12 for unaltered animals. Waiving these fees will save pet owners money and is an opportunity not to be missed!

The fees will be waived from November 15 – December 25. Fees will also be waived for those purchased through mail-in, walk-in or at veterinary offices.

A pet’s license tag can be their quickest way home. Animal Control Officers (ACOs) can access owner information in MAS’ licensing database from 7 am – 11 pm, 365 days a year. “When our officers find an animal in the field and the animal is wearing their license tag, it makes the officer’s job much easier and more fulfilling," said Jackie Gulbe, assistant director for community relations. “Based on the owner’s information the animal can be returned right away to their home, avoiding a trip to the shelter.”

Many pet owners don’t realize that the rabies tag and license tag are two different things. Rabies tag information is only on file at the veterinarian’s office where the vaccination was given. Every cat, dog and ferret should have a license tag. It is the single most important tag a pet can wear. It is an indication that a pet is current on their rabies vaccination and corresponds to important owner information.

Keeping your pet current on their license is one of the most basic responsibilities of pet ownership. “I wish that more people would think of a license as a donation toward an insurance policy for the care, safety and return of their lost pet,” Gulbe said.