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Clock ticking for pet license ‘amnesty’

10:59 am October 11th, 2013

Pet owners in Graham, Elbe, Ashford, Spanaway and other unincorporated areas of Pierce County have the rest of October to license their dogs and cats and avoid late fees.
“October Amnesty was created to encourage residents to renew their pet’s license. The automatic waiving of late fees is a joint campaign by the Pierce County auditor’s office and partner pet licensing agencies,” said Auditor Julie Anderson, who oversees the county’s licensing services. “Renewal options include online, by mail, or in person at any of our offices. We hope pet owners take advantage of this great opportunity.”
A license lets people know that your pet is a cherished member of your family, and a license is often your pet’s ticket home. When animal control officers find a pet wearing a license, every attempt is made to return the pet home, saving the owner a trip to the shelter and impound fees. A pet license improves public safety and, it’s the law.
Licensing fees vary, depending on where you live, the type of pet, and whether the cat or dog has been spayed or neutered.
The amnesty program expires Oct. 31. Failure to license a pet on time, or during this special amnesty month, can result in late fees up to $20 per animal.
More information is available by visiting your local pet licensing website or calling during business hours.

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