*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 an ID for the dog and also serves to give the City a census of the number of dogs within the City of Cambridge.
All dogs over six months of age are required to be licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Dog licensing is also done for the protection of the animal.
How much does a dog license cost?
The costs are as follows:
$8.00 (neutered/spayed dog)
$25.00 (un-neutered/spayed dog)
How long is the license good for?
It is good from April 1st to March 31st of the following year.
If my dog never leaves the house/yard does it still need a license?
Can I do it by mail?
Licensing is available by mail. You must contact the Animal Control Office and leave your name, address, and zip code. A license application will be mailed to you.
If I showed you the spay/neuter certificate last time do you need to see it again?
No, having your pet spayed or neutered is a permanent fix.
If I showed you my rabies vaccination certificate last year do I need to show it again?
No, unless it has expired.
How long is a rabies vaccination good for?
Rabies vaccinations will vary from 1-3 years. You should contact your veterinarian to confirm the vaccination status.
Does my cat need to be vaccinated for rabies?
Yes, according to State Law and for your pet's protection. Cats are also a risk animal for rabies.
My cat never leaves the house; does it still need a vaccination?
Yes. There is always the chance your cat may escape from the house or an animal, such as a bat, may get into your house. Therefore, you want to have your cat protected.
My animal is very old and has not been vaccinated for the last 3 years; does he still need to be vaccinated?
Where are dogs kept that are picked up as strays?
They are currently placed at Petcetera Kennels at 820-A Pleasant Street in Belmont. *
What do I do if I see a dead animal on the street?
Contact the Public Works Department at 349-4860.
Does the animal commission trap any wildlife that becomes a nuisance?
No, the Animal Commission only rescues sick or injured animals.
They will help to evaluate wildlife nuisance problems and offer suggestions on which course of action are best to resolve the problem.
Any domestic animal complaints should also be directed to the Animal Commission.
* Kennel information will change on a yearly basis.