Please ID because it is the best way to reunite your family. Show you care, follow the law, display your love by licensing and identifying your pets.
| Every person owning or keeping a dog in Lincoln County must purchase a license pursuant to ORS 609.100. Cat licenses are optional, but they help us return your pet to you in case your feline friend becomes lost.
All dogs in Lincoln County must be licensed at:
- when they have permanent canine teeth, or
- within 30 days of acquisition, or
- within 30 days after new residents move into Lincoln County.
A rabies certificate is required and is a prerequisite for a license. You may purchase a one-year, two-year, or three-year license, up to the date of the rabies vaccination expiration. If the rabies vaccination expires within the year, simply fax, mail, or bring the certificate to the shelter and your license will be extended to a full year.
Why Licensing is Important
- License fees support shelter programs and operations which provides approximately 1,000 animals with food, veterinary care, safe shelter, training, behavior enrichment, foster and adoption services each year. In addition, approximately 1,000 pounds of pet food is distributed through our pet food bank and Meals on Wheels to help people keep pets in their homes.
- License fees support field services and investigations to address loose pets, aggressive dogs, and bite reports, and investigate cruelty and neglect.
- License tags allow us to contact you as soon as possible--providing you peace of mind, leaving space at the shelter for another animal in need, and saving the community tax-payer money.
- Our redemption rate is 42% for dogs, well above the national average, but only 2% for cats. Our goal is to reunite all lost pets with their families.
- If your animal is found injured and wearing its license, it is much easier for us to obtain emergency medical attention for him or her and contact you with the details.
- Identification is critically important for your pet in the event of a manmade or natural disaster.
- If your dog is impounded and is current on its license and altered, then the $30 impound fee for a first offense is waived (but if they are impounded again, the second impound fee must be paid).
- License fees are an important way the community supports our goal of decreasing euthanasia and providing new homes to as many animals as possible.
How to Purchase a License
You may easily purchase or renew a license by mail or at the Animal Shelter.
1. BY MAIL: To purchase a license, renew a license, or change your address by mail:
Download and complete the application form. Please include a copy of your pet's rabies vaccination certificate.
Mail it to:
Lincoln County Animal Shelter
510 NE Harney St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
2. AT THE SHELTER: We also welcome you to come by the shelter to pay for your license during regular business hours which are Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm. An after hours drop-box is located at the front door. We are able to accept credit cards in person and over the phone.
3. OTHER LOCATIONS: Most of the veterinarians in Lincoln County sell licenses at their offices, and you may also purchase a license at Paws on the Sand in Lincoln City.
FINES: There are fines of $242 if you fail to obtain a dog license or if you own or are keeping an unlicensed dog. There is a $10 late penalty if a license is not purchased within 30 days of expiration, and a $25 fee if a license is not purchased and dog is impounded or a citation is issued.
Keep your pets safe at home. Be sure to keep collars, dog licenses and ID tags on your dogs and cats (even if they are indoors), and microchip--it's the very best way for us to reunite you and your furry family member.