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Don’t forget to license your dog!

They are man’s best friend, furry and loyal, so they deserve your best attention.  Don’t let your four-legged friend go without a license!  Michigan law requires all dogs four months of age or older be licensed on an annual basis.  Getting a license is faster and easier than ever, now that you can get a new license or renew online at https://www.accesskent.com/DogLicense/.  Licenses may also be purchased at the Kent County Animal Shelter, the Kent County Treasurer’s Office, the Kent County Humane Society, or numerous city and township offices.

Regular Fees through March 1, 2012 are $12.00 for a spayed or neutered dog, and $26.00 for one that is not. The fee doubles after March 1.

Senior Citizens get a 50 percent discount. For them it is $6.00 for a spayed or neutered dog until March 1, and $13.00 for one that is not. The fee doubles after March 1.

You must present a valid certificate of rabies vaccination and proof of spay/neuter for your dog(s) in order to receive a license.  If you order online, you must scan the documents needed. You will be billed at the higher rate until the clerk verifies the documents. If you purchase a new dog, you have 30 days to get a license without paying a penalty, but you must show a dated proof-of-purchase.  A license tag on your dog will help get it home safely if lost, reduce the chance of theft, show that your dog is vaccinated against rabies, AND spare you from a $50 violation.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller NE, in Grand Rapids.  Licenses can be obtained M-F from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.– noon. Pet adoptions are available until one hour before the shelter closes. Call the Kent County Animal Shelter more information: 616.632.7300.

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