Quick! Hide your cat! Dress up your dog as a kid! The Man is cracking down on outlaw pets. The City of Seattle has begun ticketing pet owners who do not license their pets with fines of $125 or more. I used to think that pet licensing was just another way for the government to take my hard-earned money, but as I learned more, there’s more to it than just another fee. According to the Seattle Animal Shelter, pet licensing actually has more benefits than stuffing the city coffers. In fact, for the first time in my dog’s life, he’s a paper-carrying, law-abiding, petizen.
All dogs and cats must be licensed in all unincorporated King County and the following cities: Algona, Auburn, Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell*, Burien, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Woodinville and Yarrow Point. (Mercer Island only requires dog licenses.)
* NOTE: King County pet licenses are required in the entire City of Bothell, including the portion of the city that is in Snohomish County.
The following cities issue their own pet licenses. Please contact them directly for pet license information if you live in their city limits: Seattle, Renton (click on Department/Finance & Information/Animal Licenses), Des Moines (Contact: Jan Magnuson at (206) 870-6549), Medina (call 425-454-9222), Newcastle (call 425-649-4444) or Normandy Park (Contact: Animal License Information at (206) 248-7603).