Dog license

Get your 2020 dog license by January 31, or risk fines

Pictured left, Cat Cameron, Cat Program Manager for Clermont Animal Compassion, Advocacy, Rescue and Education Humane Society, assists Carolyn Evans, Executive Director of the Humane Society, as she demonstrates how to attach a dog license to a puppy. (The pup is part of a litter that is currently available for adoption at the county animal shelter.)

By Megan Alley
sun reporter

It’s January, which means it’s time for Clermont County residents to renew their dog licenses for their “best friends.”

State law requires any dog ​​over the age of three months to be registered.

Currently, a one-year county dog ​​license costs $16.75, while three-year dog licenses cost $48 and permanent dog licenses cost $160; licenses are non-refundable.

Licenses purchased after January 31 are subject to a $16 late fee.

Proceeds from the sale of licenses go directly and entirely to the County Dogs and Kennels Fund, which funds county animal services.

In addition to being required by law, here are some of the reasons why it’s important to allow your dog:

– The license fees are much cheaper than the fines you can incur without. Dog owners with unlicensed dogs can face legal citations and fines of $110, and this is in addition to a $125 fee that can be issued to an owner if their unlicensed dog is found in freedom, according to the CARE website.

– If your dog goes missing, his license will greatly increase the chances of him being returned to you. A license is a dog’s main ID, and it’s the first thing shelter workers look for when picking up an escaped dog. Dog licenses allow the shelter to easily identify and contact the owner.

– Extends the wandering hold period from 72 hours to 10 days.

– Revenue from license sales is needed for everything from food and cleaning supplies to water and electricity bills, as well as dog sitters, shelter staff, and veterinary care for pets. hundreds of homeless animals that come through the doors of the shelter each year.

At this point, Carolyn Evans, executive director of Clermont Animal Compassion, Advocacy, Rescue and Education, the operator of the county’s animal shelter, further explained that revenue generated from dog licenses is primarily funded by the county’s shelter. county.

She also spoke about the Clermont Animal CARE Humane Society’s recent contract negotiations with the county, stating that “next month will determine funding and the future of animal services for animals in the county,” she said, adding, “If anyone who if a dog allowed it, we wouldn’t have a funding issue…it’s directly related to the services we can provide to the county.

Dog licenses can be purchased at the Clermont Shelter, located at 4025 Filager Road in Batavia, as well as a number of other locations throughout the county, including the Clermont County Auditor’s Office (in person at 101 East Main St. and online at and all branches of the Clermont County Bank National Park.

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