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What Do I Need to Know about Licensing My Dog?

It's required by law for all dogs in Saginaw County to license their dogs. You have until March 1st of each year to renew your dog's license. Failure to do so could result in a citation. Dog owners can purchase dog license at Saginaw Animal Center, Saginaw County Treasures Office, and/or your vet's office.

Why is it important to get my dog license?

Michigan state statute requires that all dogs over four months of age must have a current rabies vaccination and license tag-It's the law. Pets licensed are considered permits mandating specified responsibility and privileges of ownerships. Licenses provide identification for your pet's protection and safety and can help assure that you can be reunited with your lost pet.

Dogs licensed also provide funding for the counties rescue, shelter and care of the lost, injured, abandoned and mistreated animals. They also provide important information on the dog population in cities and can affect how government resources are allocated to fund dog related programs.

When does my dog's license expire?

Your dog's license expires December 31st of each year. If your pet has a 3 years rabies vaccination, you must renew your dog's county license every year.

What happens if I lose my license tag?

You  need to go to the Saginaw County Treasures Office.