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Love Your Pet, License Your Pet - With No Late Fees!

Monday February 1, 2010

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day Metro Animal Services (MAS) wants to help animal lover’s express their love by 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 $47.50 for altered animals to $195.00 for unaltered animals. Waiving these fees will save pet owners a lot money and is an opportunity not to be missed! The fees will be waived from February 1 – 28, and will only be waived for individuals who license their animals using the online licensing tool available at The online tool charges a $3 processing fee.  Licensing fees will not be waived for those licenses purchased by mail, walk-in or at veterinary offices.

The MAS online pet licensing application allows Louisville residents to go online and obtain a new or renewed animal license in a quick and secure online transaction. The application was developed in partnership with Louisville Metro Government and Kentucky Interactive, a Frankfort-based company which runs, the official website for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Maintaining a current pet license is one of the most basic responsibilities of owning a pet. “A license can be a pet’s only form of communication. It is one of the most obvious ways of telling someone who they belong to," said Jackie Gulbe, assistant director for community relations. “It insures that if a pet were lost, it would be sheltered in a safe environment and its needs would be met until it was claimed by the owner. People should think of a license as a donation toward an insurance policy.”