Amnesty period expires soon for county residents to license pets

Mercer Island residents and those of unincorporated King County and 26 other cities have just 14 days left to get their pets licensed before they face a no-tolerance fine.

As part of the new Regional Animal Services model for animal control in King County, residents were given a 90-day amnesty period to license their pets without facing a fine. The amnesty period expires at the end of the day on Sept. 30, and starting on Friday, Oct. 1, residents who have unlicensed cats or dogs face a fine of $125 for spayed or neutered pets and up to $250 for an unaltered pet.

Under the new model that took effect on July 1, the cost for pet licenses for spayed or neutered animals remained unchanged at $30, and the price for unaltered pets was reduced to $60 from $90.

Residents can purchase pet licenses in person at over 100 locations in King County, including many QFC grocery stores, and online. Visit for a list of sales locations or to purchase or renew a license online.

King County pet licenses come with many benefits, including the following.

The first time your pet is found, King County will attempt to skip the shelter and deliver the pet to your home.

Licensed pets have a longer ‘stray hold’ at the shelter to give residents a chance to locate a lost pet before it is made available for adoption.

Licensed missing pets are found faster by reporting them to Regional Animal Services. Finders can simply call the phone number on the tag even after normal business hours.

Pet license fees fund programs that help thousands of homeless animals in King County find new homes each year, and pay for services such as spay/neuter programs.

For more information, or to purchase or renew a pet license online, visit

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