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2010 Dog licenses now available

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Dog licensing season is underway in Kent County and dog owners have until March 1 to purchase a license for their pet at a reduced fee.

Licenses cost $11 for a neutered pet and $24 for a non-neutered pet. For senior citizen dog owners, the cost is $6 for a neutered pet and $12 for a non-neutered pet. After March 1, fees double. Dog owners renewing a pet license have the option to renew online, which is the quickest and most convenient way to renew a dog license. Dog owners also may purchase a license during licensing season at their township office, the Kent County Health Department, the Kent County Treasurer’s Office, the Kent County Humane Society, or the Kent County Animal Shelter. There are several compelling reasons to license your dog now. Here are a few:

• Michigan law requires all dogs over 4 months of age to be licensed.
• A licensed dog is a dog that has had its rabies vaccination.
• If a dog is found running loose and has a license, Animal Control will have a much easier time returning the pet to its owner. Also, the dog will be held longer (7 days) at the Animal Shelter, giving the owner more time to reclaim it.
• If a dog is found running loose and is unlicensed, it will be held for a shorter period of time (4 days) before being put up for adoption. If an unlicensed dog is reclaimed by an owner, the owner will have to buy a license AND pay a fine for having an unlicensed dog.

Owners must bring a current rabies vaccination certificate for a license, and proof of spay/neuter for the lower license fee. For more information on dog licensing or for directions to the shelter, please visit our web site, www.accesskent.com/kcas or call the Animal Shelter at (616) 632-7300.

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