JEFFERSON – It’s time to enter the Third Annual Ashtabula County Auditor’s Coloring Contest.
This year, the contest will feature artwork by children and adults with developmental disabilities in an effort to promote dog licensing. Participants can obtain their coloring sheet by visiting the auditor’s website or by contacting the office.
“For many families, their dog is like another member of the family,” said auditor David Thomas. “Dog licenses help protect them and provide resources for vital services in our community. We enjoyed involving the kids in educating the public about licensing.
Thomas’ goal with coloring contests, best dog trial and other dog licensing awareness is designed to promote and educate the need for dog licensing in Ashtabula County.
The competition is open until March 28 by returning the finished artwork to the Auditor’s Office. These coloring pages will be on display in the courthouse for the rest of the spring to remind people of the importance of obtaining a pet permit. Winners will receive a free 2023 dog license and coloring kits.
The regular dog licensing season runs from December 1 to January 31. After this period, new dog owners can still purchase a license for $12. Renewing pet owners must pay a late fee of $12 plus the cost of the license.
“We’ve had a great regular season for dog license sales with 8,481 sales so far for 2022,” Thomas said. “We are on track to reach our goal of over 10,000 for the year, especially with more and more people taking the three-year or lifetime license.”
In total, the Auditor’s Office has 9,667 licenses in Ashtabula County. Among these licenses, the most popular breed is the Labrador Retriever of licensed dogs. Thomas said the most popular name is Bella, followed closely by Sadie.
Residents can still purchase their permits in a variety of ways through the Auditor’s Office. Thomas helped secure additional local registrars with nine now for the public to use in addition to obtaining a license in person, online or by mail.
Those with questions are encouraged to call 440-576-2783 or visit their website. All dogs three months or older must register or renew their license annually between December 1 and January 31. The licenses alert the dog sitter to the official ownership and contact details of the owner if a dog gets lost or a problem arises. This fee helps cover accommodation costs and funds for dog sitters.
The winner of the dog coloring contest will receive a free 2023 dog license and a basket of art supplies for their creativity. Questions about the coloring contest or dog licensing can be directed to the Checker’s Dog Licensing webpage or 440-576-3785.
Shelley Terry is a reporter for the Star Beacon.