Did Santa Claus bring you a new puppy or kitten for Christmas? Here are some important points to remember when caring for your new pet.
Leave your pet: Always keep your pet on a leash in public. It is against city orders for dogs to be free within city limits and for cats that have not been modified or vaccinated to be free. It is also against city orders to shackle or tie up your dog unless someone is holding the restraint.
License of your pet: All dogs and cats that live within city limits must have an annual municipal permit. The city’s pet license requirement helps keep rabies under control by enforcing rabies vaccination requirements. The cost of a permit is $ 5 for spayed or neutered animals or $ 20 for unaltered animals. For residents 65 years of age and over, the permit is free if the animal is sterilized or neutered. Free licenses are limited to one per person. Licenses can be obtained online, by phone, email, mail or at the shelter. Visit pets.georgetown.org/licensing-you-pet for more information.
Take care of your pet: You cannot allow an animal to damage private property other than the owner’s property. Pick up after your pet by immediately removing all garbage on public or private property and disposing of it properly. Stray cats that cause nuisance while off their owner’s property can be impounded and their owner fined.
Learn more about Georgetown’s Animal Orders at pets.georgetown.org/overview/ordonnances.
Here are some additional tips to consider this New Year for keeping pets safe:
- When preparing an emergency kit for your family, consider your pet’s needs.
- Take a current photo of you and your pet together in case you get separated in a disaster.
- Keep your pet’s microchip registration information up to date.
- Put your name and contact details on your pet’s identification plate.
Learn more about ready.gov/pets.
About Georgetown Animal Shelter
The Georgetown City Animal Shelter is located at 110 WL Walden Drive. The refuge is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and spaying clinics, citywide dog and cat licensing, and adoption events. For more information visit pets.georgetown.org.