4 Reasons to license your pet in Fort Collins

According to Larimer Humane Society there is an estimated 70,000 unlicensed cats in Larimer County. Wow, that’s a lot of cats!

Larimer Humane Society issues and maintains pet licenses in our community. There are many benefits to licensing your pet, not only for you and your family, but also for the community.

Larimer County Pet Licenses

Licenses are issued for cats and dogs over 4 months of age and requires current vaccination records.

Fees are:
  • $12 – dogs and cats under 1 year or age (spayed/neutered or intact)
  • $12 – dogs and cats over 1 year altered (spayed or neutered)
  • $35 – dogs and cats over 1 year, not altered (intact – not spayed or neutered)
  • $5 – owner over age 62; animal is either under 1 year, or is over 1 year and is altered

So why should you license your pet? Pet licensing is important for a many reasons.

4 Reasons to license your pet

01. It’s the law

Vaccination and licensing of cats and dogs is required by law for residents of Fort Collins, Loveland, and the town of Wellington. Residents of unincorporated Larimer County and Timnath are required by law to vaccinate and license dogs.

02. It reunites lost pets with their families

Every year just under 2,500 licensed pets are reunited with their families- that’s a little less than half the 5,000 stray animals brought to Larimer Humane Society. Pet licensing significantly increases the chance of bringing lost pets home.

03. It promotes public health and safety

Licensing helps enforce mandatory vaccinations by ensuring all licensed pets maintain current vaccinations.

Current vaccinations protect the public by reducing the spread of rabies in our community. Did you know rabies have been found in squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and foxes in Larimer County?

04. It saves lives!

Revenue generated by pet license fees helps Larimer Humane Society continue to help animals in our community. Larimer Humane Society does not receive government funding and relies on pet licensing fees, among other fundraising, fees and contracts, to operate.


Be a responsible pet owner and a considerate citizen!

Those 70,000 unlicensed cats could generate  $84,000 annual revenue that would help an awful lot of animals in our community! Would you donate $5 – $35 per year to help animals? Then why not license your pet?

You can buy or renew your pet license through participating veterinarians, in person at Larimer Humane Society or other participating locations, by phone or mail, or online.

Questions about pet licensing? Contact Larimer Humane Society.

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