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Pet and Dog Licenses

Arvada law requires dogs to be licensed annually!

A dog license may be obtained through  Foothills Animal Shelter, any of the three Arvada Police Stations or many local veterinary offices. A  complete registration form and fees must be presented at that time. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination.

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter must accompany this registration. In lieu of written documentation, your veterinary clinic may complete the designated area on the license registration.
  • Licenses must be worn on the dogs collar at all times!
  • Cats are required to wear a current rabies tag on their collar at all times.
  • Although not mandatory cats can be licensed in Jefferson County too.
  • As of November 1, 2015, the fee to license a pet, spayed/neutered or unaltered, is a flat $20. 
  • The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will set the licensing fees.

Benefits of County-wide Dog Licensing

  • Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners
    A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year by an animal management officer in any part of the county. The license information includes home and alternate phone numbers, a secondary person to contact in case of an emergency, as well as medical and dietary information on the dog.
  • Licensing encourages pet owners to vaccinate their dogs against rabies
    The rabies vaccine is a prerequisite for a dog license. Countywide licensing will reduce the risk of rabid dog bites throughout the county. 
  • Licensing helps the Foothills Animal Shelter
    All revenues from dog licensing, less administrative costs, goes to Foothills Animal Shelter in Jefferson County which serves as a safe haven for lost animals, those impounded by animal control officers, and for dogs relinquished by their owners.  It also serves as an animal adoption center - While Foothills Animal Shelter receives the third largest volume of animals of all shelters in Colorado, it has the smallest budget of any major animal shelter in the State.

The Arvada Police Department encourages the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. Pet overpopulation is a major problem and leads to overcrowding at shelters and the euthanization of far too many pets.