Dog Licensing Requirements

An Eaton County dog license is required for all dogs four months or older. 
Licensing provides good pet identification, ensures dogs are vaccinated for rabies, and proves you are its owner.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No licenses will be issued in December of 2019 in order to change over to the new, rolling renewal dates.  ​​

New: 1 and 3-year Licensing for 2020!

The three-year license is part of an overall effort in the county treasurer’s office to simplify dog licensing and alleviate waiting lines. One-year licenses will still be available at the option of the pet owner.

Dog licensing is also switching from a calendar year renewal to renewal dates based on the pet’s rabies vaccination date.  All licenses will be given amnesty in 2020 until the rabies vaccination anniversary of the dog.  For example, if a dog was vaccinated in May of 2019, the current 2019 dog license will be good through May 31, 2020.  A 2019 license will become delinquent after the last day in the month in which the rabies vaccination anniversary expires.  Delinquent licenses will carry a $20 late fee in addition to the base fee.  A two-year, pro-rated license will also be offered in 2020 to help those with a one year vaccination anniversary transition into a three year license. 

See the County Treasurer’s website for more information: http://www.eatoncounty.org/882/NEW-2020-Dog-License-Information

EATON COUNTY TO CONDUCT DOG CENSUS

The Eaton County Animal Shelter will be conducting a county-wide dog census.

State law requires that all dogs 4 months of age and older be vaccinated to rabies and have an annual license. Under County ordinance, the fine for an unlicensed dog citation is $75.00 per dog.