Beginning Friday, the city of Long Beach will be working with the Los Angeles County Care and Control group to update animal license records within the city. Door-to-door canvassing will be utilized by the city to visit over 225,000 household cats and dogs that must be vaccinated and licensed.
Department Director Ronald R. Arias said, “Licensing your dog is an important component of responsible pet ownership, promoting public health and promoting community safety.” Licensing a cat or dog is also the only way pet parents can ensure they become contacted if their pet is lost or stolen.
The current prices for a pet license are as follows :
Altered dog: $20
Unaltered dog: $90
Altered cat: Free until January 1, 2011
Replacement tag: $10
The door-to-door canvassing will increase in the following weeks until the inspections are complete. Licensed inspectors will be knocking on doors to check for delinquent licenses, initiate new licenses or ask for a proof of rabies certificate. Citations or warnings may be issued for delinquent licenses ($50) or expired rabies inoculations ($100). To avoid these citations, residents are encouraged to procure a dog license in advance of the canvassing effort.
Pet owners in the Long Beach area can obtain a license at the PD Pitchford Animal Companion Village at 7700 E. Spring Street, or by visiting the city of Long Beach’s website. Animal Care Services is also open to the public Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any questions can be answered by calling the Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387 or visiting them online.