Get a License For Your Dog This Summer in NYC – Yes You Need One!

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You buy an adorable puppy for your child, bring it home and that’s it right? think again. Did you know that you must have a license for your pooch here in New York City? “Many New Yorkers do not know that dogs must be licensed each year,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “This spring and summer, Health Department staff will make the process easier than ever. For the first time, pet owners can take their dogs to an event and return home with a new license.”

The Health Department has announced a new dog licensing campaign beginning this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carl Schurz Park. Health Department staff will be at events across the City from May to September to give pet owners a quick and easy way to obtain or renew a dog license. At these events, staff will use laptops to license dogs and owners will leave the event with a new dog license tag.

Dog licensing is a legal requirement in New York City. The annual fee to license your dog in New York City is $8.50 if your dog is spayed or neutered. The fee is $34 if your dog is not spayed or neutered. Dog licenses are also quick and easy to get online here.

Dog owners will not be cited for violations if they do not have a current license for their pet. The Health Department will also waive the $2 late fee for renewing an expired license at these events. All major credit cards, debit cards and checks will be accepted at the events.

Health Department staff will be at the following pet event in Queens:

Saturday, July 13 – Animal Advocacy Day: Forest Park Bandshell, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.