Dog Licence

When your DOG is 4 MONTHS old it MUST BE LICENSED?

It’s the Law! In order to receive a license you must take your dog to a veterinarian who will give your dog a rabies shot. The veterinarian will then give you a RABIES CERTIFICATE.

If your dog is ALTERED (spayed/neutered) when you license him/her at 4 months of age your license fee is at least half of the unaltered fee. You must provide a copy of your animal’s SPAY/NEUTER CERTIFICATE and RABIES VACCINATION CERTIFICATE.

If your dog is not altered (unspayed/unneutered) then you will have to pay a higher fee until you have this procedure done. The Riverside County has a serious pet overpopulation problem in which thousands of unwanted pets enter the our animal shelters each year. The higher dog license fee for intact dogs was established to address the following community health concerns:

  • Intact dogs are three times more likely to bite than dogs which have been spayed or neutered.
  • The majority of dogs entering our shelter (approximately 90%) are unaltered.
  • Unaltered dogs are more likely to roam and/or cause public health concerns.
  • Unaltered dogs breed which directly contributes to the pet overpopulation problem.
  • Dog license fees directly pay for the cost of providing animal control and animal sheltering services in your community.

Licensing benefits dog owners in the following ways:

  • Licensing identifies your dog and allows you to be quickly reunited with your pet in case he/she ever gets lost.
  • Licensed dogs are held much longer at animal shelters (10 days) than unlicensed dogs, which are only held for four days before being made available for adoption or destroyed. Unfortunately, many owners of unlicensed dogs return from a vacation to find that their dogs ran away from a caretaker and were either adopted or destroyed at a local animal shelter. If a dog is wearing a license tag, RHS staff will attempt to reach the owner of a licensed dog by mail and telephone.
  • A license ensures that dogs are vaccinated against rabies, a fatal disease.
  • Owners of licensed dogs receive a helpful reminder to re-vaccinate their pet prior to the rabies vaccine expiration date.
  • Licensing provides funding to support the Ramona Humane Society’s spay/neuter program.
  • Owners who license their dog on time will save Court costs and late fees.
  • The State of California mandates that revenue from dog licensing pay for any hospitalization or emergency care of licensed animals. This revenue source assures owners that their licensed animal will be transported to a veterinarian if they are found injured.
  • If a currently vaccinated dog is exposed to a rabies positive animal, it may be quarantined. However, if an animal’s vaccination has expired or is not valid, it may be destroyed.

Licensing benefits to public health:

  • Rabies is a current threat to human and animal health. Dog licensing lowers the overall cost and health risk by making certain that dogs are vaccinated and by providing revenue for prevention programs.
  • A single rabies incident resulting from a dog whose vaccination has expired costs you, the taxpayer, thousands of dollars. This money could be saved and used elsewhere if the dog’s vaccination had been current.