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Pet Licensing

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Why License?

  • It's the law!  

    • All dogs and cats, three months and older, are required to be registered annually with HES if you live in Hamilton County outside the city of Chattanooga. City licenses are issued by McKamey Animal Center.

  • HES can help find your pet if they go missing.  

    • If your animal is registered with HES and is picked up by an officer or kind citizen, HES can quickly identify your pet and contact you to redeem them. 

  • A pet license signifies that your pet is current on rabies vaccinations.  

    • An officer or kind citizen may be wary of an animal if they are unsure she is up to date on necessary vaccines. 

  • License fees help cover costs of services residents are entitled to.  

    • The annual licensing fee helps us to pay for our efforts to find and provide care for stray animals.

How to Register

Your pet must have a rabies vaccine administered by a licensed vet. 

  • Online - Click the button above

  • At HES - Bring the rabies certificate issued to you by the licensed vet who gave the vaccine along with the licensing fee.

  • By Mail - Mail a copy of the rabies certificate with a check or money order for the licensing fee along with a standard-size self-addressed and stamped envelope.

Licensing Fees

  • Unincorporated Hamilton County | Walden

    • $5 all dogs; no cat license needed


  • Soddy Daisy | Lakesite | Collegedale | Red Bank

    • $10 for cats and dogs | $5 if pet has been spayed or neutered

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