Although animal licensing sometimes seems like a chore to both pet owners and licensing clerks alike, there are many benefits to animal licensing. Licensed animals are required to wear identification tags that allow animal control officers to trace ownership of the animal and return lost strays to their owners.
The tag also serves as an indication that the animal is currently vaccinated against rabies in the event it is involved in a bite or attack. Pet owners who license their animals have been shown to take better care of their pets and are less likely to allow their animals to free-roam or otherwise become a nuisance to the community.
The owners of all dogs/cats seven months of age or older are required to annually apply to the licensing clerk of the municipality in which he or she resides for a dog/cat license. In order for the license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the animal against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination extends through at least ten months of the twelve-month licensing period. An exemption to the rabies inoculation requirement shall be granted if the owner presents written certification from a licensed veterinarian that the animal cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or course of therapy.
Information on free rabies clinics can be found on the following websites: