Dog License 101: What every dog owner needs to know

Happy “First Day of Licensing Season” Day! This is a reblog from our 2016 licensing guide but all the same information still pertains for 2017. For questions about licensing your dog, feel free to ask us or contact your local animal services agency. Happy licensing!

Kalamazoo Humane Society

You have a dog.

You remembered to buy a leash and collar, dog food and treats, toys, cute little booties and jackets for walks in the rain and snow, a snuggly blankie and dog bed, flea prevention, 15 different sized and textured balls, a car seat if it’s a little fella’ and all of its shots are up to date.  What could possibly be missing?  The Dog License!  Which, ironically, is one of the cheapest things you need to purchase for your dog.

A dog license, much like a car registration or fishing license, is one of those things that the State of Michigan requires by law.  It isn’t optional, and the penalties can get pretty expensive if you are caught without it.

The State of Michigan wrote into law that each county is responsible for selling and maintaining record of every dog license.  These licenses are to be purchased…

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