Northwest NEWS

August 7, 2000

Local News

Pet licenses

King County is partnering with cities to increase the identification and licensing of dogs and cats.
   Pet license canvassers are going door to door to license pets in Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Juanita, and soon will be working in the cities of Shoreline, Redmond and Bothell.
   Since the Pet Licensing Canvassing Program started in 1993, pet licenses issued in the county have increased 136 percent while euthenasia of adoptable dogs and cats has decreased by 98 percent.
   Pet licensing canvassers have King County identification and wear bright polo shirts or windbreakers with the pet licensing logo.
   Canvassing hours are generally 4:30-9 p.m. during the week, 9-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11-6 p.m. on Sunday. Canvassers ask homeowners if they have any dogs or cats and they explain the important benefits of licensing their pets.
   Pet licenses provide the identification that is key to reuniting lost pets with their families.
   Last year, King County Animal Control returned over 2,500 lost dogs and cats to the owners with the help of the license identification.
   It is also the law - King County Code 11.04.030 and city municipal codes required licenses for dogs and cats. Canvassers are also able to offer pet owners special appealing incentives: for example, through the rest of the year, with each new license purchased the pet owner can receive a free microchip or buddy license.
   When a canvassers comes to your door, please welcome him or her - they are on a mission that is beneficial to you and your pet, as well as the County's Animal Services Program.
   Each license has a unique number that identifies your pet as yours. When your pet is licensed it substantially increases your chances to get your pet back safely if he or she is lost or gets loose.
   You and your pet both benefit from a pet license:
   You Will be Notified if Your Pet Gets Loose. Or even a neighbor who finds your pet can call you through owner information on the Found Pet Information Line, 296-PETS.
   Your Pet Gets a Free Ride Home the first time they are found. County staff will attempt to drive your pet home to you, skipping a trip to the animal shelter.
   Your Pet Gets a Longer Care Period. When lost, your licensed pet will be cared for at the county Animal Shelter for a longer time.
   Vacation Pet Alert. When you leave home on vacation, just let King County know who is caring for your pet, or where you can be reached, if your pet should get lost.
   License Fees Help Support Beneficial Animal Services, including reuniting lost pets with their families, adoption of homeless pets, investigation of animal neglect or cruelty, spay/neuter programs to reduce over-population, and community education services.
   More information about pet licensing is available at (206) 296-2712 or on the web at www.metrokc.gov/pets. People with questions can also e-mail at pets@metrokc.gov.
   All dogs and cats must be licensed in all unincorporated King County and Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Redmond, Shoreline, Wood-inville.
   The price of a license for a spayed or neutered dog or cat is only $15 per year, licenses for unaltered pets are $55 each, which includes a $25 spay/neuter voucher.
   A juvenile license for pets under six months of age is $5, and lasts for 6 months.
   Senior citizens can obtain a license valid for the lifetime of the pet; the cost to license an altered dog is $20, for an altered cat at $12.