The City of Twin Falls and Twin Falls Animal Shelter are encouraging citizens to renew their dog licenses this month to help the City better protect dogs in our community.
The City asks citizens to register their dogs annually - generally during the first two months of the year - to help the animal shelter maintain current records on family pets. These records are used to return lost animals to their homes, to prevent the spread of rabies and to encourage citizens to spay and neuter their pets.
“That registration helps to keep your dog safe and it helps us get dogs back to their families,” said Debbie Blackwood, Director of the Twin Falls Animal Shelter. “It’s not only for lost pets, but also to help us prevent overpopulation and the spread of deadly diseases such as rabies.”
City ordinance requires owners to license their dogs and it asks that owners renew the license each year. The yearly update helps ensure that the shelter has the most up-to-date address for dog owners and vaccination records.
The cost of a one-year license is $10 for dogs younger than six months and for all dogs of any age that are spayed or neutered. The cost of a yearly license for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered is $25.
“What we are finding is that now more than ever, families are moving around and we can’t return their lost pets if we don’t have the owner’s most current address,” Blackwood said.
All dog registrations can be renewed at the Twin Falls Animal Shelter located at 420 Victory Ave. in Twin Falls, or at any participating veterinarian clinic in the City of Twin Falls. Citizens can also go to www.tfid.org for more information.