- Licensed dogs have a higher chance of being reunited with their owners if they get lost. Field Services will try to return the dogs directly to their home if the dog is wearing an up-to-date tag.
- Important health information about your dog can be placed in our licensing records so that if they get lost and end up in our care, we have a medical history for them.Buying your dog a license helps save the lives of animals by providing funding for pets in need that come to San Diego Humane Society.
- It is the law. San Diego County (62.610) and the cities of Oceanside (4.17), Vista (6.07.010) and Imperial Beach (6.04.110) require all dogs to be vaccinated against rabies and to obtain a license within 30 days (a) of all dogs reaching 4 months of age, (b) of acquiring a dog, or (c) after moving to Escondido, Imperial Beach, Oceanside , Poway, San Marcos or Vista. Failure to do so within this time will result in a late fee and/or a citation. If your dog ends up at our campus and is licensed, your fees will be less. If an unlicensed and unaltered dog (running at large) is brought to a San Diego Humane campus, the fines to retrieve the dog start at $150 per day. The fines are set by California Food & Agriculture Code (30804.7) and local ordinances.
- You can enjoy our dog park. All dogs need to be licensed and altered for entry to the San Diego Humane Society Dog Park.
- A license tells others that your dog is vaccinated against rabies.
- As an incentive to have your dog spayed or neutered.
- California Food & Agriculture Code (30804.5) states that license fees are to be one-half or less than the regular fee if they are altered.
There are also monthly Mobile Vaccine Clinics at various locations throughout the cities of Oceanside and Vista. These clinics will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
If you notice a problem with your renewal form, please contact us at 619-243-3420 or email [email protected] so we can make sure that you will not receive another notice.
- The dog owner must purchase a dog license at the San Diego Humane Society Escondido, Oceanside or San Diego Campus. We recommend visiting one of our campus locations in person to process the Administrative Citation. Proof of a current rabies vaccine is required and can be obtained from any state-licensed veterinarian.
- Late fees need to be paid when purchasing a license.
- If you no longer own the dog, no longer live in the jurisdiction, etc. please contact the San Diego Humane Society immediately at 619-243-3420 so we can make the proper changes.
- Follow the directions on the back of the Administrative Citation to ensure compliance and avoid any additional penalties.
- It is your responsibility to pay the Administrative Citation within thirty (30) days of issuance, including weekends and holidays.