Recent revisions in the Madera County dog and cat licensing ordinance now allow one, two, and three year options for licensing and licensing renewals. Also, the expiration dates will now be either the expiration date of the rabies vaccine or the anniversary date of the license (whichever comes first). The revisions will also help to synchronize the dates and make it easier for pet owners.
Dogs are required to have a rabies vaccine when they reach four months old and be licensed. Other dogs over four months are required to have a rabies vaccine and be licensed when they have been in the County of Madera for more than 30 days.
Cats are not required to be vaccinated with rabies or be licensed. However, since rabies is still reported in Madera County every year, it is important to protect your pet, your family, and the community against this deadly disease. It is recommended that all cats have current rabies vaccines. The license is optional and does provide identification for your cat should it get lost.
Licensing was established to track rabies vaccine compliance and reduce the risk of this deadly disease to pets and residents of our county. The secondary benefits of licensing your pet are tremendous. The identifying license tag on your pet provides confirmation of rabies vaccines, ownership, greater success in finding lost animals and reuniting them with their owners, and it helps to support the thousands of homeless animals brought into the shelter every year.
Rabies vaccines are available through local veterinarians. Rabies vaccines are also available through the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Madera Fairgrounds. The next F.M.A.S. vaccine clinic is Aug. 6.
You can get your license for your pet by getting the application at the shelter or off the computer from the Madera County Animal Services website. Bring in or mail a copy of your spay/neuter certificate, rabies vaccine certificate, the completed form with your payment. Licensing fees range from $4 per year for seniors to $50 per year for unaltered pets.
Details: Madera County Animal Services, (559) 675-7891.