Have you gotten your dog license this year?

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HARRISBURG – We love our dogs and consider them family members, but it’s easy to forget to protect them.

“The best way to protect your dog is with a license,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “If your pet gets loose or lost, a chip or tattoo is not a guarantee they will be recognized quickly and returned home. A license is. It’s simple — if you love your dog, license your dog.”

All dogs three months of age and older are required to be licensed. The fee for an annual dog license is $6.50, or $8.50 if the animal is not spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs with permanent identification such as microchips or tattoos. Discounts are available for qualifying older adults and persons with disabilities.

  • Licensing dollars support Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which:
  • Reunites licensed lost dogs with their families and gets unlicensed stray dogs to shelters;
  • Inspects Pennsylvania kennels and ensures the health and wellbeing of dogs bred, boarded or sheltered there;
  • Investigates illegal kennel operators and holds them accountable;
  • Pays farmers whose livestock are attacked by stray dogs or coyotes; and
  • Protects the public by investigating dog bites, monitoring dangerous dogs and holding their owners accountable.

Pennsylvania dog licenses are available for purchase through Pennsylvania’s county treasurers.

You can purchase Franklin County dog licenses at the following agents:

  • Franklin County Treasurer’s office – 272 N. Second St., Chambersburg
  • Antietam Humane Society – 8513 Lyons Rd., Waynesboro
  • Central Valley Veterinary Office – 414 W. King St., Shippensburg
  • Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter – 5051 Letterkenny Road West, Chambersburg
  • Franklin Hardware and Pet Center – 1975 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg 
  • Keystone Outdoors – 186 Path Valley Rd., Fort Loudon
  • True Value Hardware – 134 W. 3rd St., Waynesboro

You can also purchase online at padoglicense.com.  Online sales charges a $2.00/dog convenience fee and you must use a credit/debit card.

Fees are:

Male/Female                                  $8.50

Neutered Male/Spayed Female     $6.50

For Seniors (age 65 and older) or Disabled (must show proof of disability):

Male/Female                                 $6.50

Neutered Male/Spayed Female    $4.50

Lifetime dog licenses are also available, ONLY through the Treasurer’s Office. The dog must be microchipped in order to purchase a Lifetime license. Required forms must be returned to the Treasurer’s office within 30 days of the dog being microchipped or scanned. Fees are as follows:

Male/Female                               $51.50

Neutered/Spayed                        $31.50

Seniors/Disabled:

Male/Female                              $31.50

Neutered/Spayed                       $21.50

For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit  agriculture.pa.gov or licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.

They are on sale now for the 2022 season, which is from 1/1 – 12/31/2022.