In Arizona, rabies shots are required by Maricopa County prior to getting your dog licensed. And it’s important that you have your dog licensed in case he ever gets lost or makes his way outside without you.

Each year, thousands of animals end up in shelters for one reason or another. Unfortunately, many aren’t reunited with their families because one simple step was overlooked – licensing. When your pet is licensed, the County will make every effort to save you a trip to the shelter as they reunite you with your furry family member. If your pet is picked up by the county and isn’t licensed, he will be taken to the pound until you locate him in your search.

In Maricopa County, all dogs three months of age and older are required to have a license and rabies shots. And, licensing has never been easier. You can now get your pet license online or via mail. For new and renewal licenses, here’s what you’ll need, as noted on the website:

  • Completed rabies vaccination certificate:
    • Owner’s name and address
    • Pet information (name, breed, color, age, etc.)
    • Date the rabies vaccination was given
    • Manufacturer and serial/lot number of the vaccine used
    • Term of the vaccine or date revaccination is due
    • Vet or hospital/clinic where your dog was vaccinated
    • Vet’s ID/license number and signature who gave the vaccination
    • Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard number and expiration date.

If you are renewing a dog license that does not require a vaccination, have your renewal notice and credit card information ready. If your dog is spayed/neutered, documentation from your veterinarian will be needed. If you’re a cat owner, don’t worry. Cats don’t need to be licensed.

At Anasazi Animal Clinic, our team is here to help. Contact our office today if your pet needs to get up to date on his shots for licensing or preventative medicine.