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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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Dog Licensing Season


‘Tis the season—to license your pet! Dog licensing season has started and goes until March 1, 2011. Over the next few months, dog owners may stop by the Kent County Animal Shelter or city or township office to renew the license, or renew licenses online at www.accesskent.com/services with no additional transaction fees.
Licensing fees range from $11 to $24 depending on spay or neuter status of the animal with additional discounts for senior citizen pet owners. After March 1, fees double. A dog license is a very important way that dog owners can demonstrate responsible pet ownership. A licensed pet means that the dog has an up-to-date rabies vaccination and ensures that, if found running loose, the dog can be returned to its owner quickly and with minimal cost and hassle.
“Michigan law requires all dogs over four months of age to be licensed. What people don’t always realize is that failure to get a license each year can result in steep fines,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Most important, licensing your dog is part of responsible pet ownership, and it protects the health and safety of people and animals in our community.”
The Kent County Animal Shelter, located at 740 Fuller Ave., NE, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.  Pet owners who already have a dog licensed in Kent County will receive a postcard denoting their fee and requirements, and may renew their license online or by mail.

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