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    Dog Licensing Now at Foothills Animal Shelter (October 2013)


     Residents in unincorporated Jefferson County have been required to license their dogs since 1994. In 2007, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, and Arvada joined the county’s licensing program and residents in those cities have been required to license their dogs ever since.

    The original purpose of the county licensing program was to expedite returning pets to owners, to encourage the spaying and neutering of dogs by offering a reduced license fee, to establish a fund to pay for medical treatment of injured stray animals, and to provide a source of revenue to move the animal control operation toward self-sufficiency.

    In 2007, although the primary purpose remained the same (returning pets to owners), the focus changed to raising money to build a much needed new animal shelter to replace the old and non-functional Table Mountain Animal Center. Consequently, residents now have the new Foothills Animal Shelter that offers excellent services for county pets and county residents.

    Now that the shelter has been built, the focus is changing once again and animal license fees will be used to support operations at the Foothills Animal Shelter. Due to this change, the board of directors decided that Foothills staff should administer the licensing program instead of the sheriff’s office. This change took place in July of 2013.

    The license fee has always been a source of revenue to support providing services (animal control and sheltering) to the citizens of the county and is necessary for continued operations.

    Although the sheriff’s office will no longer be administering the program, we will continue to enforce the requirement in unincorporated Jefferson County as our experience and our motto has always been that “a dog license is a ticket home.”

    Please note, as of July 20, 2013 owners with licensed pets, will now receive renewal notices from PetData, Foothills Animal Shelter’s licensing partner. If you have never licensed your pet, or have any questions, the below information will assist you with the licensing process.

    The below information is provided by the Foothills Animal Shelter:

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    If lost, could your pet tell anyone where they live? Could your pet hop on a bus, jump on the light rail or call a cab? Unfortunately, none of these options exist for your beloved animal. We want to ensure that you and your pet are never separated. So we offer an annual license to help you and your pet enjoy a long, happy companionship.


    BENEFITS OF A LICENSE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    • You can be contacted immediately if your missing pet is found.
    • As a responsible pet owner, you avoid receiving a fine for having an unlicensed dog.
    • Your pet licensing fee helps support Foothills Animal Shelter External Link Icon -where thousands of homeless pets are cared for each year.

    DOES YOUR PET NEED A LICENSE?
    • All dogs 4 months of age and older must be licensed with Foothills Animal Shelter within 30 days of living in unincorporated Jefferson County or the cities of Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster or Wheat Ridge.
    • You may choose to license any cat or other pet that might benefit from pet licensing services.

    ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEES
    • $15 per year if your pet is spayed or neutered
    • $30 per year if your pet is unaltered

    RABIES VACCINATION
    • To obtain a pet license, by law, you must present a current rabies vaccination certificate (not just a rabies tag).
    • Is your pet due for a rabies vaccine? Weekly affordable clinics External Link Icon are held at Foothills Animal Shelter and throughout our community. 

    LICENSE OR RENEW YOUR EXISTING LICENSE
    License your pet in person.
    • There are 50 licensing sites External Link Icon conveniently located throughout Jefferson County, including the Jefferson County Animal Control Office located at 700 Jefferson County Parkway, #160 in Golden, 80401.
    License your pet online.
    Register External Link Icon for a new pet license or renew External Link Icon your pet’s existing license.
    License your pet by mail.
    • Contact PetData External Link Icon, Foothills Animal Shelter’s licensing partner.

    UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION
    Updating your contact information or your pet’s information is simple (such as a change in address, if you no longer own your pet or if your pet has passed away).
    • Call: 303-278-7577 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, Mountain Standard Time).
    • ONLINE: Update your information External Link Icon

    FOUND A PET WITH LICENSE TAG?
    If you have found a pet with a license tag labeled Jeffco License or Jeffco Lic, the below steps can help the lost animal get home quickly.
    • Online Tag Look-up External Link Icon allows you to contact the owner directly, if they have released their information for this search.

    QUESTIONS ABOUT PET LICENSING
    • Online: www.FoothillsAnimalShelter.org/LicenseExternal Link Icon
    • Call: 303-278-7577 (8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, Mountain Standard Time)

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    Amber Luttrell
    Community Relations Manager
    aluttrel@jeffco.us

    October 20, 2013


    Last Updated: 11-14-2013