Every year, nearly 5,000 stray animals are rescued and brought to Larimer Humane Society. Nearly half of all of these animals are fortunately returned to their owners, and many of these reunions are made possible by a small silver tag on the animal’s collar known as a license. The number on a license tag is linked to information about where the pet lives and the owner’s contact information. Using this information, an Animal Protection and Control officer can bring a pet right back to their home, sparing the animal the stress and potential danger of roaming around lost, facing hazards, or being brought to the Larimer Humane Society shelter.
A license can save your pet’s life by enabling their safe return home, but it also helps to protect animals and people in our community from rabies, a potentially fatal disease. In order to obtain a license tag for a pet, the owner must provide proof that the animal is up-to-date on their rabies vaccination. (For more information regarding dog licensing as it pertains to the Larimer County Land Use Code, please visit Article II.)
Given the importance of licensing for both human and animal safety, all dogs four months of age and older are required to have a license if residing in unincorporated areas of Larimer County. Cat licensing is encouraged, but is optional.
Visit the licensing section of our website for information on how to purchase a license for your pet today.
Beginning February 1, 2019, the fee to purchase a new or renew an existing pet license fees will be as follows:
- $15 - dogs under 1 year of age (spayed/neutered or intact)
- $15 - dogs over 1 year altered (spayed or neutered)
- $50 - dogs over 1 year, not altered (intact - not spayed or neutered)
*Residents of unincorporated Larimer County are encouraged to purchase a license for their cats as well, although not required by law. An optional cat license (where not required) is $5.00.
*If you live outside Larimer County and wish to have a license for your pet the fee is $5 since it is not within our jurisdiction. This is a great way to get your pet back home to you should he or she become lost.
*If you reside in the town of Estes Park or Berthoud please contact your Town Hall for licensing requirments.
Upon renewal, new tags will not be sent unless otherwise requested.
Thank you for continuing to be a responsible pet owner and keeping your animal(s) license current.