Should I purchase a dog license? Yes! And here are 5 good reasons

Should I purchase a dog license? Yes! And here are 5 good reasons

A dog license for a spayed or neutered dog in Washington County costs just $24 per year. Unfortunately, there are far too many unlicensed dogs.

In order to help people understand the need, here are the top 5 reasons why dog owners should license their dogs:

  • #1: It is the law!
  • #2: You can avoid a $160 citation for not complying with said law.
  • #3: If your dog is ever brought to the shelter, you will save money. The first-time impound fee for a licensed dog is only $10 (compared to $65 for an unlicensed dog). Even the most responsible owners occasionally have things happen that allow their dogs to get loose.
  • #4: To prevent the spread of rabies. Dog licenses were created to help local authorities keep track of which animals have received their rabies vaccinations. If your dog bites someone and breaks the skin, dogs with current rabies vaccinations face far fewer restrictions (and less costs to their owners) than dogs that do not have current vaccinations.
  • #5: To help support necessary animal services in our community. Your pet’s license helps to pay for the cost of operating the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter, investigating neglect and abuse cases, investigating dog bites, picking up stray animals in your community, and more.

We hope that with more education on licensing, fewer pet owners will dodge this requirement. Help us keep more animals and people safe in Washington County!

By Jennifer Keene. For more information on dog licenses, go to www.washingtoncountypets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.