Did you know that all cats and dogs living in the City of Richmond are required to be licensed and have their rabies vaccinations up to date? It’s true, and now is the time to renew your furry friends’ licenses.
A pet license is a legally required form of identification and is your best friend’s most valuable asset in getting them home safely should they become lost. Each year, Richmond Animal Care & Control receives more than 4,400 animals, yet the vast majority of them have no form of identification to assist the agency in reuniting them with their families.
City residents are required to purchase a license for each pet owned and attach the license tag to their pet’s collar, ensuring anyone who finds the pet, including an Animal Control officer, will be able to reunite them with their families.
The act of licensing your pet also helps community officials know how many pets may need emergency care in the event of a natural disaster or other incident. If licensed pets go missing during a community-wide disaster, those wearing license tags will be identified if found by strangers or taken to an animal shelter.
The cost of a pet license is $10 for each cat or dog. They’re renewable annually in January and may be purchased at locations across the city.