Did you know that if you live in Pennsylvania, you must have your dog licensed each year? Many dog owners ask themselves, “Why does my dog have to be licensed?” Well, there are several answers to this question.
First, licensing helps prevent rabies outbreaks by requiring a certificate of vaccination for all dogs over the age of 3 months.
More importantly, licensing your pet increases the chance that you will be reunited should your pet become lost. When you license your pet, your contact information is on file with authorities allowing them to contact you quickly and easily.
Finally, it is the law. All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.
In Pennsylvania, applying for a dog license is quick and easy. You can apply online.
Unfortunately, Braxton’s Animal Works will not be processing dog licenses this year; you will need to apply online. The following information is required to complete the application.
Information Needed to Complete a Dog License Application:
- In addition to your full name and address, the application will require information about your dog; including their sex, breed, color, age, and whether or not they have been spayed or neutered.
- The information requested on the application may vary depending on the county you live in. Some counties may request your dog’s weight, vaccination information, and microchip identification number, if applicable.
- If your dog is spayed or neutered, you must provide proof in the form of written verification provided by a licensed veterinarian. Some counties may also require you to provide a copy of your dog’s rabies vaccination certificate.
There is a small license fee which helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Dog Law Enforcement Office.
Pennsylvania also offers Lifetime Dog Licenses. These licenses require the completion of 2 forms and may only be obtained by owners whose dogs have been tattooed or microchipped. For more specific information on Chester County Lifetime Dog Licenses, click here.
The Pennsylvania Dog License website offers a warning for dog owners,
“Please be advised that the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is currently conducting license canvassing throughout the state.”
NO LICENSE = $300.00 FINE + COURT COST / PER DOG.
If you’re like us, your pet is part of your family. Licensing your pet acts as a form of insurance, enabling animal control officers to contact you if your pet becomes lost. Additionally, by purchasing a license for your pet, you are helping to ensure that all lost pets are given the appropriate attention and medical care while waiting to be reunited with their owners.
License your pet today; it could prove to be his best friend.