Pinellas to Mail Pet License Renewals
Pinellas County requires cats and dogs to be licensed.
PINELLAS COUNTY – As part of the continuing effort to ensure more pets are licensed, Pinellas County animal services will be mailing pet license renewal notices to pet owners before and after rabies vaccination expiration.
Pet license expiration corresponds to the rabies vaccination expiration date.
In Pinellas County, pet owners are required by law to obtain a license for their cats and dogs. To obtain a pet license, each dog and cat over the age of four months must be vaccinated for rabies. Rabies vaccinations are due every year or every three years, depending on the vaccine administered.
Pet owners can contact their local veterinarian to have their pet vaccinated and get their pet license renewed. Failure to renew a pet license will result in a citation fee of $123 for each pet.
“With the new pet license software, we have the ability do a better job of tracking and enforcing required rabies vaccination and licenses in Pinellas County,” said Doug Brightwell, director of Pinellas County Animal Services
Animal Services estimates that 140,000 pets are licensed in Pinellas County, which is about 40 percent of the county’s pet population.
“Proper vaccinations are vital to protect the animals and the public against the threat of rabies,” Brightwell said. “Licensing a family pet also greatly increases the chances of being returned home if lost and provides a pet owner with the peace of mind that their pet is properly licensed with Pinellas County.”
Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. The facility is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.
To learn more about the shelter, call (727) 582-2600. The lost or found pets hotline is (727) 582-2604.
For information about pet license requirements, go to pinellascounty.org.
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