Why license?

It's the Law! Dogs and cats three months old and up are required to be registered annually with HES. This applies to animals in Unincorporated Hamilton County, Red Bank, Soddy Daisy, Lakesite, Collegedale and Walden. See below for pricing & requirements.

HES can help you find your pet if he goes missing. If your animal is registered with HES and he is picked up by an officer or kind citizen, HES can quickly identify your pet and contact you so you may redeem him.

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.

Licensing Fees

Soddy Daisy, Lakesite, Collegedale, Red Bank:
$10 for unaltered cats and dogs OR $5 if pet has been spayed or neutered
Unincorporated Hamilton County, Walden:
$5 all dogs (no cat license necessary)

How To Register

Please note: Your pet must be given a rabies vaccine by a licensed veterinarian before licensing.


You may bring the rabies certificate issued to you by the vet along with the licensing fee (check, cash, Visa or Mastercard) anytime during our open hours:

11am-5pm Monday
11am-5pm Tuesday
11am-5pm Wednesday
11am-6pm Thursday
11am-5pm Friday
11am-5pm Saturday


You may send a copy of the rabies certificate with a check or money order for the licensing fee with a standard self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The Humane Educational Society
212 North Highland Park Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37404


(coming soon!)

Please email if you have any questions about licensing your pet.