You take care of your pet. You give it food, water and vet care. But if
you haven't licensed you pet with the county, you're not giving your pet
all the care it deserves and you're in violation of the law.
Licensing your pet is the law. County law
states that animal owners must register their cats, dogs and ferrets
that are four months of age or older with a county license (Marion
County Code, chapter 4, section 8 - 9).
If you don't have a license for your pet, you could receive a citation
and fine beginning at $100.
Licensing your pet helps it find its way home.
The county license acts as a secondary form of identification in case
your pet becomes lost or injured. If your cat gets lost, would you
rather tell shelter staff that you're missing a brown tabby cat or that
you're missing a brown tabby cat with a license number of L10-1223?
Many, many brown tabby cats reside in Marion County. Only one has a
license number of L10-1223.
Licensing your pet helps keep it safe from disease.
The county license is proof that your pet has been vaccinated against
rabies, keeping your pets and others safe from disease. Even if you have
an "inside pet," remember that it only takes a one-time escape from the
house and a one-time scuffle with a stray animal or wildlife for your
pet to contract.