Doing this one thing will make you a better dog owner


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North Salem town officials are reminding residents to license their dogs. To obtain a license, dog owners must provide proof of current rabies vaccination, proof of spray or neuter (if applicable) and a completed dog license form. Annual fees are $11 for neutered dogs and $23 for unneutered. Below, five reasons why you should get your dog license now.

It’s the law

It’s New York State law that every dog in New York State 4 months of age or older must be licensed. In North Salem, the Town Clerk’s office issues licenses under the authority of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Licensing fees help support animals that need help

Money from licensing fees helps to fund programs that help animal shelters or rescued animals, including things like free and low-cost spay and neuter programs.

Tracking lost pets

Here in North Salem, lost dog posts on social media are a common occurrence. Severe weather, wildlife, or loud noises can spook dogs and can cause even the most well-behaved pup to run away. Licensed animals are easier to identify, which means in the unfortunate instance of your pet being separated from you, whoever finds them can reach you immediately.

Avoid the shelters

If your unlicensed dog somehow gets loose, it’s that much harder for people to identify you as the dog’s owner. A well-meaning bystander may rescue your dog but be unable to locate you, and as a result your dog could end up in an animal shelter.

Prevent the spread of disease

Dog licensing requirements include proof of vaccination against rabies. Rabies is a serious and often deadly virus, and can affect not only your dog, but humans as well. And, if you want Rover to enjoy the occasional spa day, your groomer is likely to require that proof as well.


The North Salem Town Clerk’s office accepts cash, check or money order for dog licenses. Click here for the North Salem dog license form.

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