by Winston Chua
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (Society of Preventative Cruelty to Animals) will begin offering Pasadena dog owners licenses for their pets beginning Monday, July 1. Employees of the Humane Society will begin door-to-door canvassing to check if dogs are licensed in September.
“People will be coming to different areas of Pasadena beginning in September,” said Pasadena Humane Society Vice President Ricky Whitman. “People may be a little startled, but they’re coming to talk to people about the benefits of licensing their pets and to discuss any questions they may have.”
Dog licensing is important for two main reasons. First, by requiring proof of rabies vaccination in order to get a license, it ensures that incidences of the deadly disease can be kept at a minimum. Vaccinations can last between one to three years.
Secondly, a license is a pet’s ticket home. Animals with licenses can be tracked more easily and can be housed for a longer period of time in the event that a dog escapes from his or her home before the dog is put up for adoption.
Animal licensing began in the 1800s, says Whitman. In Pasadena, licensing has taken place since the second World War. The Pasadena Humane Society serves seven cities: Glendale, Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. Licensing is offered to each city except the city of Glendale, which does its own licensing.
The cost for Pasadena’s annual licensing fee is $16.07 for dogs who are either spayed or neutered and $31.11 for dogs that are not fixed.
Dog owners can bring their dog’s license application and rabies certificate directly to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, 361 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. The agency is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday. They are closed on Mondays.