Licensing & Identification
Why? Simply put, its the law.
- California law and city ordinances require all dogs over the age of four months to be vaccinated and licensed. If you are cited for owning an unlicensed dog, you could face fines of $50-$150 per dog. Also if your pet
is becomeslost, a license tag on your pet's collar is the fastest way to reunite you and your pet. Even if a pet has a microchip, a license tag is immediately visible and doesn't require a scanner.
- A rabies tag which may be provided by your veterinarian is separate from a license tag. The issuer of the rabies tag cannot license your pet. It is your responsibility to license their pet with Palo Alto Animal Services or your local Animal Control provider.
- The fee you pay for your pet license keeps services and programs going. It is a significant source of revenue for Animal Control and allows us to provide
animal relatedservices to the residents of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills. Licensing your pet helps us to find new homes for unclaimed or surrendered pets, keep neighborhoods safe from aggressive animals and provides funding for our low costspay and neuter and vaccine clinic.
Many people living in countries without rabies control die each year from contracting this disease. Rabies is almost always fatal. Every State in the union requires their counties and cities to protect their citizens from contracting rabies by mandating that every owned
*As of 2/19/19, Dog Licensing is handled by Pets In Need at the Palo Alto Shelter. For more info, and to download their license application, go to PETSINNEED.ORG/ANIMALSERVICES