Chip your pet for Be Kind to Animals Week
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By Mickey Zeldes  April 25, 2014 12:00 am

We are celebrating national Be Kind to Animals Week by offering our community an opportunity to bring their pets up to compliance with their license requirement without a penalty. This year, Be Kind to Animals Week, May 4-11, is also Animal License Amnesty Week – at least here in Rohnert Park.

Many people don’t realize both dogs and cats (yes, even indoor cats) over 4 months old are required to be licensed in Rohnert Park and aren’t in compliance simply out of ignorance. 

Now that you know, take advantage of this offer and get your dog and cat licensed without any late penalties. The regular license fee for an altered pet is just $12 – the lowest in the county, by far –and for unaltered pets it is $30.

Why should you bother to license your pet?  There are several reasons to do it – not the least of which is that it is required by law.  More practically, licenses serve as a form of identification that enables pets to be returned home if they become lost.  

It also serves as a way to ensure the vast majority of pet animals are vaccinated against rabies since a current vaccination is a prerequisite for the registration process.  

This protects not only your pet but also other animals and any person that may be bitten in our community because rabies is transmittable to humans and is still not curable.  

In case you think rabies is a thing of the past, you should know there has been at least two rabies positive pets in our county this past year.  Pretty scary!

Purchasing a license also helps fund animal services in our community.  We have a beautiful, modern shelter where your pet would be housed were he ever found wandering lost and had to wait for you to reclaim him.  Keeping this shelter open is dependent on funding and therefore your license fees.  There is a formula that figures out the number of pets per household, and it is estimated that Rohnert Park has more than 10,000 dogs and 11,000 cats.  

If all of them were licensed at the lower fixed animal rate of $12, it would raise more than $250,000 annually, which would cover most of our budget and ensure continued high quality sheltering services for our community.

If your pet does not have a current rabies vaccination, VIP Vet Services will be holding a special low cost vaccination clinic at the RP Animal Shelter on Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at which rabies shots will be available for just $6.  

They will have other vaccines and services available at the regular low-cost as well.  

The shelter will also be offering free microchips during our regular hours that week (Wednesday 1-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.) so bring your dogs and cats along for the ride.  Show them your love by protecting them with a microchip.

Penalties for late licenses are $15 and accumulate for each year you neglect to register your pet.  

All late fees will be waived for this one week only in an effort to get more animals current on their rabies and license requirements.  Take advantage of this generous offer and stop by City Hall, 49er Pet Store or the RP Animal Shelter sometime during May 5-12 to update your pet’s licenses.  Happy Be Kind to Animals’ Week. 

 

Upcoming events

Summer Camp registration is now open for our popular Kidz ‘n Critter summer camp program.  We are offering seven one-week sessions of fun for kids in grades 2-7.  Check out the complete schedule and download an application at www.rpanimalshelter.org or stop by the shelter to pick one up.

 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.

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