Through a limited-time amnesty program, the City of Long Beach is waiving all licensing late fee penalties for owners of dogs and cats. The amnesty program, which began on Nov. 1, 2018, will be in effect through Dec. 31, 2018.
“Licensing your pet helps keep the community safe,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Licensed pets are reunited faster, and in Long Beach, licensed pets that become lost are eligible for a free ride home the first time they are found, as well as a 10-day stay at the shelter.”
To encourage residents to keep their pet licenses current and encourage voluntary compliance with the City’s pet licensing program, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, the City Council voted to implement a one-time amnesty program.
Besides being required by law, pet licensing in Long Beach comes with many benefits including Fast Track, Free Ride Home, Extended Stay, and Vacation Pet Alert. More information about these programs is available at longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/licensing/.
“This is the perfect time for pet owners to update and renew their license and take advantage of the late fee amnesty program,” said Ted Stevens, Manager of Animal Care Services. “We make it easy for the public to renew their pet license either in person at the shelter, by calling 562-570-PETS, or online at longbeach.gov/acs. We also want to encourage people to get their pets spayed or neutered, and we have information on our website about vouchers and other low-cost options available.”
As a reminder, effective Oct. 1, 2015, all dogs over six months are required to be spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are proactive steps towards reducing the number of pets that do not have homes and offers many other health benefits. Special $50 spay and neuter vouchers will also be made available during November to help pet owners cover the costs of surgery and can be used at many local veterinary clinics in the Long Beach area. More information is available online at longbeach.gov/acs.