Introduction

Owning a dog is paws down one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life. Fur babies are overflowing with unconditional love, and make even the gloomiest of days pawsome. In return for their tail wagging greetings, constant companionship, and sloppy kisses, pet parents need to make sure their pooch has the best life pawssible. Clean water, daily exercise, and delicious treats are part of what it takes. But so is making sure your pup is licensed and registered. Keep reading to find out how to register your furry friend in the puptacular city of Washington D.C.

Reasons to Register Your Dog

If you’re on the fence about registering your pup with the city, remember it is the law. Per Washington D.C. code, all doggos over the age of four months must be registered. To keep things easy and convenient, all dogs must be registered by July 1 of each year. Of course, there are some exceptions. If you purchase a new pooch, you have 10 days to register them. And if you have a young puppy, you have 10 days after they hit the four month mark to register them. Once they are registered, D.C. law requires pups to wear their tag and collar. Not only does registering your pup make them a law abiding canine citizen, it also helps them stay safe. If they are ever loose in the large muttropolis, their tag serves as their identification. Using their license, animal service officers can quickly reunite you with your pal.

Registering Your Dog in Washington D.C.

Each June, it’s time to start the process of renewing your pup’s registration. Typically, you will receive a reminder from Animal Services. Currently, the only way to register your dog is by mailing in an application or visiting one of the approved dog registration locations. Before completing the application, make sure you have all required documents ready to go, such as proof that your pooch has received a rabies vaccination, as well as a distemper vaccine. And, if you want the discounted rate for spayed or neutered dogs, you will need to show their sterilization certificate. To register your pupster in person, visit DC Animal Care and Control, DC Health/Health Regulations and Licensing Administration, or Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center and Medical Center. Check with each location for their hours of operation. If registering via mail, send your completed application, copies of documents, and a check made payable to DC Treasurer to the Department of Health.

Licenses and Fees in Washington D.C.

Owning a pet can be a bit pricey. Food, treats, toys, and vet visits all add up. So it’s a good thing Washington D.C. keeps registration fees simple and straightforward. There are two price points for dog licenses, one for spayed or neutered pups, and one for unaltered animals. If your doggo has been spayed or neutered, it costs only $15.00 per year to register them. Dogs that are unaltered cost $50.00. So as you can see, not only is spaying and neutering healthy for your pup and the overall pet pupulation, it certainly pays off financially. In order to receive the discounted rate, you must have a sterilization certificate from a licensed veterinarian. If your pooch is unable to be spayed or neutered due to medical reasons, have your vet provide documentation about their condition. This will allow you to pay the $15.00 rate. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Washington D.C. Animal Services.
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