New year reminders for people with pets

New year reminders for people with pets



You can give your pet a pawsitive start to 2024 by taking the following steps:

  • Check your pet’s identification. In addition to making sure the information connected to their microchip is up to date, take a moment to check that your dog or cat is wearing a well-fitting collar with an easy-to-read ID tag.
  • Make sure your dog is licensed and the contact information connected to the license is up to date. Give us a call at 503-846-7041 with licensing questions or to make updates. We can also add your pup’s microchip number to their record. You can license your dog for the first time or renew their license through our website, by mail, via phone or in person at the shelter.
  • Look ahead to see if your pet will need vaccines, dental cleanings or other veterinary services this year, and book your appointments well in advance. As a reminder, a current rabies vaccine is required for your dog’s license to be valid.
  • If you have a dog, take some time to check all around your fence as an escape prevention measure. Are there loose or warped boards? Spots where your dog or another critter has started to tunnel? Is the gate closed and latched? Does it stay latched?
  • Add your pet to your family’s emergency preparedness plan. Find resources at

Put a plan in place in case you can’t care for your pet due to injury, illness or another life situation. Identify at least two people who can provide care for your pet in an emergency. They should have a key to your home, feeding and care instructions, and the contact information for your veterinarian.

Doing a little work now will help you and your pet start the new year right!


For more information on these topics and more, please visit The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro. If you have a question for the animal shelter, email