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Press Release # 014-13
Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Health Department Kicks Off Dog Licensing Campaign This Weekend

For The First Time, Dog Owners Can Get A New Dog License Tag In Person At Events Across The City

May 16, 2013 – The Health Department today announced a new dog licensing campaign beginning this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carl Schurz Park. Health Department staff will be at events across the City from May to September to give pet owners a quick and easy way to obtain or renew a dog license. At these events, staff will use laptops to license dogs and owners will leave the event with a new dog license tag.

“Many New Yorkers do not know that dogs must be licensed each year,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “This spring and summer, Health Department staff will make the process easier than ever. For the first time, pet owners can take their dogs to an event and return home with a new license.”

Health Department staff will be at the following pet events:

  • Saturday, May 18 – Paw Day: Carl Schurz Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 1 – Adoption Event: W. 92nd Street and Broadway, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 2 – Adoption Event: Union Square, noon to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, July 13 – Animal Advocacy Day: Forest Park Bandshell, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, August 28 – Bark In the Park: Coney Island, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, September 8 – Adoptapalooza: Union Square, noon to 5 p.m.

Dog licensing is a legal requirement in New York City. The annual fee to license your dog in New York City is $8.50 if your dog is spayed or neutered. The fee is $34 if your dog is not spayed or neutered. Dog licenses are also quick and easy to get online (

Dog owners will not be cited for violations if they do not have a current license for their pet. The Health Department will also waive the $2 late fee for renewing an expired license at these events. All major credit cards, debit cards and checks will be accepted at the events.

Once New Yorkers have licensed their dogs, the Health Department welcomes owners to share their photos and stories about their pets on the My Good Dog NYC Tumblr page.

Licensing has many benefits for pets and their owners:
  • Reunites lost dogs with their owners. The Health Department’s NYC Dog eLocator System is an online service available to anyone who finds a lost dog that is wearing a New York City dog license tag. By entering a telephone number or an email address into the Dog eLocator System on (, a person who finds a lost dog can send his or her contact information directly to the dog’s owner.

  • Licensing is key to family emergency preparedness planning to ensure a dog and his or her owner is reunited in case of separation.

  • Reminds owners that their dog must be vaccinated against rabies, a requirement for all City dogs. Rabies vaccination provides protection for both people and their pets as well.

  • Assists in medical follow-up for people exposed to potentially infected dogs.

  • A dog license is required to use New York City’s many dog runs and off-leash areas in City Parks.

  • Licensing helps support the operation of animal shelters, and supports free and low-cost spay and neutering services for dogs and cats.
Pet Health and Safety Tips:
  • Make sure your pet is fixed: Spaying or neutering reduces the number of unwanted dogs or cats, reduces risk of cancers and helps prevent territorial aggression – studies show unaltered animals are more likely to bite than altered ones. All cats allowed outdoors must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies.

  • Keep your dog on a leash: To keep people and pets safe, especially from unfriendly dogs, all dogs must be kept on a leash when in public, except for in designated park areas.

  • Pick up after your pet: According to City law, pet owners must pick up pet waste from sidewalks and other public spaces. Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine.

  • Get your dog to the vet each year: Like you, your dog needs a regular check-up and important vaccinations to stay healthy. Visits to the vet can help you stay on top of any health issues and preventable diseases.

For more information, visit the Dog Licensing page at