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.
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.
Yes. It is a City Ordinance and State Law.
No, if you showed us the spay/neuter certificate before, we will have this information on file.
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.
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.
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.
Call the Cambridge Animal Commission immediately at 617-349-4376. If you get a voicemail, 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 weekends and holidays.
Contact the Public Works Department at 617-349-4860 for removal.
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.