Did you know that many people have questions when it comes to licensing their pets? Here are some most common questions and their answers.
Why do I have to license my dog/cat?
It’s the law! Pet licensing is not only required by the City of Fremont, but also by the State of California. The purpose of licensing your pet is for disease control. Dog and cat licensing provides a required central registry of rabies vaccinations which becomes critical in animal bite incidents, and in the event of a rabies outbreak.
When do I license my pet and what do I need?
At the age of three months, your pet is old enough to receive a rabies vaccination. You should license your pet within 30 days of the vaccine. All you need in order to license is a current rabies certificate.
What if I move?
It is important to update the licensing department of any change of address. We want to help you remember to license your pet when it’s time to renew, and need correct contact information in order to do so. If you move out of Fremont, you will need to license your pet in whichever city you move to. Previously paid fees for a Fremont license are not refundable.
What if my pet dies?
Please be sure to update the licensing department of any change in status for your pet. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to inform us of a pet’s passing, not your veterinarian’s. Licensing fees are not transferrable to a new pet and are not refundable.
- Should your pet become lost, they have a much higher chance of being returned to you quickly when they are wearing a license tag.
- If your pet is spayed or neutered, the licensing fee is half the price.
- Rabies vaccinations are good for either one OR three years.
For more information about pet licensing, contact the Tri-City Animal Shelter, located at 1950 Stevenson Blvd. in Fremont, or call 510-790-6644, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.