In response to the letters of Matt Schwinn and Augusta Farley’s ‘New Licensing Laws,’ I can't say that I believe in the "every man for himself" idea. We live in a fairly civilized world and should work together for the good of all people and animals.
It was pointed out that the number of non-compliance for canines and animal control are always lacking the funds for the jobs they need to do — which are numerous, at best!
But, there was no mention of an entire population of animal that escapes the radar, and that is our beloved kitty cats — known to animal control as "Free Spirits."
I am the owner of a licensed and vaccinated K-9, and can only say that I don't feel the K-9 owners should bear the brunt of subsidizing animal control. When is it going to be mandatory for kitties to be licensed? They can carry many diseases, including kitty leukemia and rabies. They can be very destructive to our properties with their habitual spraying and use of our yards as kitty boxes.
This might also help cut down the feral population. Kitty owners should have to pay their fair share, instead of increases and nonsense always being cast upon the dog owners. I'm sure there are counties that have mandatory licensing for kitties, so maybe it's time for animal control to get into this century and check it out. They are missing out on tons of revenue, and dog owners could have a break!
If they can do it, why can’t we? You can see the difference when everyone pays their share!
San Mateo County Animal Laws
Dog and Cat Licenses
All dogs must be licensed each and every year, three (3) year licenses are also available. Cats in the unincorporated areas of the county and in the cities of Belmont, Brisbane, Hillsborough, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Redwood City, and San Mateo must also be licensed. Dogs and cats must be licensed by the age of four (4) months or within 60 days of adoption.
License Fees Standard Cost Senior Citizen Cost
Period of time: 1 year 3 year 1 year 3 year
Unaltered Dog $50 $145 $18 $54
Altered Dog $20 $55 $9 $23
Unaltered Cat $15 $45 $7 $21
Altered Cat $7 $17.50 $5 $11.25
Breeding Permit $50 N/A 50 N/A
Note: Above fees effective October 1st, 2012
Stanislaus County You may purchase a Dog License for any number of years from 1 to 3 years. However, the Dog License expiration may not exceed the Rabies Vaccination expiration. Senior Citizens(age 65 or older) Receive a 50% Discount
Dog License Type Fee: 1 Year Fee: 2 Year Fee: 3 Year
Unaltered $150.00 $250.00 $350.00
Altered $12.00 $24.00 $36.00
Unaltered $75.00 $125.00 $175.00
Altered $6.00 $12.00 $18.00