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The Three Keys to a Happy Cat

The Three Keys to a Happy Cat

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Three Commands More Important Than “Sit”

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Starkville Dog Licensing

Starkville Dog Licensing

Live in the city of Starkville? Come on over to the shelter to get your dog licensed! Make sure you bring proof of your pup’s rabies vaccine. The fee is $5 for spayed and neutered pets, and $10 for intact pets. Not only does it help city officials keep track of the dogs living in the area, but it has several benefits for you and your dog too.

Not to mention that the tag makes a very stylish fashion accessory!

If you’re interested in seeing the ordinance that calls for licensing, scroll to the bottom!

  1. Having your dog licensed will help him find his way home if he is lost

When a dog is registered with the city, he is entered into a database along with your contact information. That way if he shows up at the shelter after having wandered away, instead of believing he’s a stray, we are able to easily identify him and get in touch with you immediately.

2. The license signals to others that your dog has been vaccinated

It is required that all dogs within the city have their rabies vaccination; rabies is a deadly disease that can be spread from animals to humans. By attaching the license to your dog’s collar, you ensure that others have an easy way to visually assess that she’s already been vaccinated. This means that if she escapes and needs to be picked up by city personnel, they won’t hesitate in handling her and getting her to safety.

3. The fee you pay to license your pup will go to support animals in need

The money generated from pet licensing is used by the shelter to help take care of the city’s homeless animals. In this way, you give back to the organization that might help you when your pet is lost or needs to be rehomed.

4. You avoid potential fines and support a community of cared for pets

It is the law to have your pet licensed within the city of Starkville–and you could be fined for not having one! By participating in the system, you also contribute to a community where pets are vaccinated for infectious diseases, and where there is an incentive to have your pet be spayed or neutered–which helps address the pet overpopulation problem!

Check out the ordinance below:

Starkville City Ordinance 2005-1 requires that all dogs and cats that reside in the city limits be current on their rabies shots. In addition, dogs that reside in the city limits are required to be licensed annually. The cost is $5/year for dogs that have been spayed or neutered and $10/year for dogs that have not been. Tags can be obtained by bringing proof of vaccination (spay/neutering proof must be kept by OCHS) to the City Animal Shelter at 510 Industrial Park Rd between the hours of 10 – 5, M – F. Call 338-9093 for additional information.
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