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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 24, 2017

No fooling, pet license outreach starts April 1

Regional Animal Services of King County staff in collaboration with partner cities, will go door to door on weekends, starting Saturday, April 1, to educate residents about the benefits of pet licensing and ensure that pets are properly licensed. All cats and dogs eight weeks and older are required to be licensed with King County.

Pet licensing representatives will visit neighborhoods in Bellevue and other King County cities on weekends through October. In Bellevue, they will focus on neighborhoods along the Redmond border (in the 98008 zip code), as well as the recently incorporated areas south of Interstate 90 in the 98006 zip code.

A RASKC representative visit with a pet owner.

In addition to visiting single-family homes, RASKC representatives are also working with apartment managers and will visit apartment complexes to help renters learn about and comply with licensing requirements.

If a representative finds an unlicensed pet, they will not issue a citation. Instead, they provide a free temporary license, which allows pet owners time to purchase a permanent license.

Pet licensing representatives are easily recognized by their King County identification badges and RASKC logo shirts or jackets. They will have business cards and pet licensing documents too. As King County employees, they follow strict guidelines regarding professional conduct. Staff will not peer in windows or over fences looking for pets or ask for payment at the door.

Pet licenses protect pets and help sustain vital animal care and control services, such as:

  • Reuniting owners with their lost pets, including providing licensed pets a free ride home;
  • Adopting pets by supporting care at both county pet adoption centers;
  • Responding to reports of dangerous or nuisance animals; and
  • Investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty or neglect.

King County pet licenses can be purchased online, by mail or in person at City Hall, Mini-City Hall at Crossroads, all QFC stores in Bellevue or Aerowood Animal Hospital. You can also call 206-296-2712.

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