Time to renew your dog license

  • Sat Nov 24th, 2018 1:30am
  • News

Charley Goddu, a 10-year-old poodle mix, received the first dog license of 2019 at the San Juan County Auditor’s office. Charley, a former rescue dog, was adopted in 2015 by Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie at the Skagit Humane Society.

Charley is one of the friendliest dogs in town. He greets everyone with an enthusiastic tail wag and full-body wiggle. He works at his parents’ office as the manager of client relations and office morale. Charley’s hobbies include kayaking, hiking, camping and biking with his owners on a special bike equipped with a milk crate.

Dog licenses for 2019 will be available Nov. 26. All dogs in San Juan County are required to be licensed annually. License fees are $15 for spayed or neutered dogs and $40 for “natural” dogs. A photo of the dog can be added to the database for $5. Dogs must be licensed each year by March 31 to avoid a $10 late fee.

Dog license fees are used to defray the costs of the licensing program, including purchasing tags and maintaining the licensing database. All funds not used to maintain the program are distributed to the three animal protection societies on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez, for performing impound services. Fees are distributed to the shelters based on the number of fees collected on each island.

Dog license fees are also used, in part, to reimburse owners of livestock killed by stray dogs. The 2019 tag is a bright purple “dimpled square” shape. Get yours at the following locations:

• Lopez Island: Lopez Animal Protection Society, Sunset Building Supply, .

• Orcas Island: Eastsound Kennels, Orcas Animal Protection Society, Pawki’s for Pets.

• San Juan Island: Auditor’s Office (at the courthouse), Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society, Harbor Veterinary Services.