My animal is very old / sick and has not been vaccinated against rabies; does he still need to be vaccinated?
Yes, unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. If this is the case, you will need to provide a letter from the vet stating that they will not have your pet vaccinated for medical reasons.
Does my cat need a license?
No cat is required to have a license, although the Animals Commission recommends that they wear a safety collar and ID tag. Please note, as stated above, that they should be vaccinated against rabies, even if they are kept indoors.
Should my cat be vaccinated against rabies?
Yes, by state law and for the protection of your pet, even if kept indoors, cats should be vaccinated against rabies. Cats are at risk for rabies because they can come into contact with high-risk carriers of rabies, i.e. bats and raccoons.
How long is a dog license valid?
Cambridge dog licenses are valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. All tags expire on March 31, regardless of when your dog’s license was issued. Renewal reminders are sent out every year.
If I showed you my rabies vaccination certificate last year, do I have to show it again?
No, unless it has expired. Some vaccines are good for 1 year or 3 years. You should contact your veterinarian to confirm your pet’s rabies vaccine status.
If I showed you the sterilization / sterilization certificate the last time, do you need to review it?
No, if you have already shown us the sterilization / sterilization certificate, we will have this information on file.
If my dog never leaves the house / yard, does he still need a permit?
Yes. It is a municipal ordinance and a state law.
What do I need to get a license for my dog (s) and how much does it cost?
You will need:
- A rabies vaccination certificate with an expiration date OR a copy of the medical record with a rabies expiration date;
- Proof of sterilization (if not shown previously), actual surgery certificate OR if noted on rabies / medical history;
FEES: Sterilized female / Sterilized male ($ 10) Unsterilized female / Unsterilized male ($ 30)
- If the license is being mailed, please include a stamped envelope to your address;
- If you are applying in person, be prepared to pay the fees by cash, check or money order. Credit cards are not accepted;
- Make a check or money order payable to: City of Cambridge.
What is a dog license and why should a dog carry one?
A dog license is a medal issued by the city that serves as identification if your dog gets lost and also provides the city with a means of counting the number of dogs in Cambridge. Your dog’s license plate must be displayed on the dog at all times. A current Cambridge dog license is required to use off-leash areas in Cambridge. Note: All dogs over six months old must hold an MGL Ch. 140 sec license. 137.