License Amnesty Program offered to pet owners ahead of July 4

License Amnesty Program offered to pet owners ahead of July 4
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Throughout June, county residents with overdue animal licenses, or those who have never licensed their pets, will have all late and penalty fees waived, according to Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS).

Pet owners taking advantage of CCAS’ License Amnesty Program will also receive a free designer license tag equipped with 24/7 lost pet protection services.

The program aims to help residents protect their pets ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, when more pets become lost than any other time of year, said CCAS Director Ben Winkleblack.

“Licensing your pet can be the difference between losing your pet and getting them back, so there’s no better time to offer this program to help people protect their pets,” Winkleblack said.

County residents are required by law to license owned dogs that are over four months of age. Licensing of pet cats that are allowed outdoors is recommended but not required. Licenses can be purchased online at CCAS’s website:

License fees are as follows:

  • 1yr license for altered pet – $25.00
  • 1yr license for unaltered pet – $65.00
  • 3yr license for altered pet – $60.00
  • 3yr license for unaltered pet – $180.00
  • Military veterans and senior citizens over 65 years of age – Free for first pet, if altered