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The Kent County Animal Shelter is making dog licensing easier than ever by allowing pet owners to renew online.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is making dog licensing easier than ever by allowing pet owners to renew online. /

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Less than two weeks remain in dog licensing season and the Kent County Animal Shelter’s online renewal form makes it easier than ever to license your pet. Dog owners can log on to to renew or purchase a new license.

“Renewing online makes the process so easy,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department, which operates the Animal Shelter. “I used the online renewal for my pets and I encourage others to do the same. Now is the time to act, as the cost increases significantly when you license your pet outside of the licensing season.”

Michigan Law requires dogs over four months to be licensed. By licensing your dog on time, you pay the lowest possible licensing fees, and avoid a $50 fine if your dog is caught without a license. Owners have until March 1, 2010, to purchase a license for $11 for a neutered dog and $24 for a non-neutered dog. Discounts apply for senior owners. After March 1, all fees double.

In addition to the online option, licenses can be purchased at the Kent County Animal Shelter, Kent County Health Department, the Kent County Treasurer’s Office, The Humane Society, and before March 1 at any township office. Dog owners must supply a valid rabies vaccination. Proof of spay or neuter is required for the lesser license fee.

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