*Kennel information will change on a yearly basis.
What is a dog license and why is a dog required to wear one?
A dog license is a tag issued by the City that works as a form of ID if your dog gets lost and also provide the City with a means to count the number of dogs in Cambridge. Your dog's license tag is required to be displayed on the dog at all times. A current Cambridge dog license is required to utilize off leash areas in Cambridge.
Note: All dogs over six months of age must be licensed.
What do I need to license my dog(s)and how much does it cost?
Contact the Cambridge Animal Commission and request a dog license application via mail or stop by the office during regular hours.
Coming Soon: Print the application form from the Animal Commission website or the Permits/Applications webpage
You will need:
- A rabies vaccination certificate with an expiration date OR copy of medical records with rabies expiration date;
- Proof of spay or neuter (if not shown before), actual surgery certificate OR if noted on Rabies/Medical History;
- FEES: Spayed Female/Neutered Male ($8)
Un-Spayed Female/Un-Neutered Male ($25)
- If licensing by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope;
- If applying in person, please be prepared to pay fee by cash, check or money order. Credit cards are not accepted;
- Make check or money order payable to: City of Cambridge.
How long is the license good for?
Cambridge dog licenses are valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. All tags expire on March 31 no matter when you license your dog. Renewal reminders are sent out yearly in February.
If my dog never leaves the house/yard does it still need a license?
Yes. It is a City Ordinance and State Law.
Can I apply for a Dog License by mail? How about email?
Currently, applications are available by mail or walk-in during regular office hours. You must contact the Animal Control Office at 617-349-4376 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and provide your name (spell if needed), address and zip code. A license application will be mailed to you. See Question above on what is needed to complete a license application.
In the near future, we will have an application that is available online or via email.
If I showed you the spay/neuter certificate last time do you need to see it again?
No, if you showed us the spay/neuter certificate before, we will have this information on file.
If I showed you my rabies vaccination certificate last year do I need to show it again?
No, unless it has expired. Some vaccines are good for 1 yr or 3ys. You should contact your vet to confirm status of your pet's rabies vaccinations.
Does my cat need to be vaccinated for rabies or licensed?
Yes, according to State Law and for your pet's protection, even if kept indoors, cats must be vaccinated for rabies. Cats are a risk for rabies as they can come in contact with high risk rabies carriers, i.e. bats and raccoons.
No cats are not required to be licensed, though the Animal Commission recommends that they wear a safety collar and Id Tag.
My animal is very old and has not been vaccinated for the last 3 years; does he still need to be vaccinated?
Yes, unless otherwise instructed by your vet. If so, you will need to provide a letter from the veterinarian stating that they will not vaccinate your pet for medical reasons.
What do I do if my dog is lost?
Call the Cambridge Animal Commission immediately at 617-349-4376. If you get a voice maill, please still leave your name, phone number, address and description of your dog. We will return your call as soon as possible. If this occurs during off-hours/holidays, please call Cambridge Police at 617-349-3300. They will have a list of dogs that have been picked up and placed safely in our kennel. You will be able to claim your dog on the next business morning. We are closed Sundays and Holidays.
What do I do if I see a dead animal on the street?
Contact the Public Works Department at 617-349-4860 for removal.
Does the animal commission trap any wildlife that becomes a nuisance?
No, the Animal Commission only rescues sick or injured animals. If any wildlife appears to display sick, injured or rabid behavior, please call the Cambridge Police Department at 617-349-3300 for animal control radio dispatch, or the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 617-426-9170.