Fairfax County to Offer Free Dog Licenses to Rescue Groups


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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May 13, 2004

 

Fairfax County to Offer Free Dog Licenses to Rescue Groups

Foster parents to ownerless pooches now have license to let their dogs run free — in county dog parks, at least. To allow these canines to romp with their peers, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently agreed to give free dog licenses to rescue groups that temporarily place the animals in foster homes.

The Board unanimously approved the new measure at its April 26 meeting, and the free licenses are available now to breed and rescue groups only. These organizations should contact the Fairfax County Department of Taxation at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, for application instructions.

Because dogs must wear a license tag while outside, canine foster parents previously could not take their charges to the county’s five fenced, off-leash dog area, much less go for a walk in the neighborhood. Now, rescue groups can hand out temporary tags to caretakers so they do not end up in the doghouse with the authorities.

Up to 50 of the special, numbered licenses will be available. Unlike regular ones, these licenses do not expire and can be transferred between dogs, as long as records indicate which animals are wearing the tags. However, a regular license is necessary once a dog finds a permanent home.

Under the current law, free licenses are also given to dogs that are training or serving as guides for people who are visually-impaired, hearing-impaired or mobility-impaired.

In Fairfax County, dogs aged four months or older must be licensed. The licensing fee for spayed or neutered dogs is $5 per year while it costs $10 per year for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. Valid for one year, licenses must be purchased annually by Jan. 31.

Applications for regular dog licenses can be found online at the following Web page: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/dog_licenses.htm. Or, licenses can be obtained in person at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To get a regular license, owners must provide a rabies vaccination certificate, which is available from veterinarians. Also, proof of spaying or neutering is required to qualify for the lower-cost fee.


 

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