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Kirkland News Room

All Pet Licensing Late Fees and Proof of Vaccinations Waived During Emergency Proclamation

Media Contact:
Kellie Stickney
Communications Program Manager
(425) 979-6562

Kirkland, Wash. – Any pet owners that license their pets during the COVID-19 emergency proclamation will have all late fees waived.

Pet owners will also not have to provide proof of rabies vaccination if they do not have it available at the time of licensing. These temporary changes are to help make it easier for people to license their pets during this challenging time.

“We want to make sure that pets are licensed so that they can be returned to their family if they get lost, and so that we can continue to support important animal control efforts during this pandemic,” said Police Chief Cherie Harris. “To make it easier on all of our residents with pets we have temporarily removed barriers to pet licensing including waiving late fees and the requirement to show proof of rabies vaccination.”

Visit or to license your pet.
By law, all dogs and cats twelve weeks old and older owned by Kirkland residents must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. One and two-year licenses are available. Licenses must be renewed on or before the date of expiration.

If a pet owner needs to renew a license but is experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison at 425-587-3414. The Kirkland Police Department will work with you to get your pet licensed.

Pet licenses provide identification if a family pet is lost and allow a quick reunification once the animal is found. If your pet is found and has a license, our Animal Control Officer will attempt to reunite you with your pet immediately, so you don’t have to go to the animal shelter to pick it up. The fees collected from pet licenses go directly into Kirkland’s Animal Services Program to provide service, education and enforcement.