Column: License Your Dog

With city council set to act on animal control contract, July 4th parade serves as reminder that Ann Arbor dogs must be licensed

One of the entries in Ann Arbor’s Fourth of July parade featured a yellow dog “driving” a red car.


A yellow dog in a red car.

And like most onlookers, I was wondering: Does that dog have a license? Well, ok, most onlookers probably weren’t wondering that.

And to be honest, I wasn’t, either – at least not that kind of license.

But I did wonder if the dog’s owner had licensed his pet through the city of Ann Arbor. Out of an estimated 30,000 dogs in the city, only about 7% have the required license. Dogs older than 6 months must be licensed and wear the tag.

The city of Ann Arbor is now making an effort to urge the dog-owning public to obtain the required licenses – which cost $16 for two years.

On May 19 this year, the city council directed the city administrator to enforce the dog licensing ordinance more actively – as part of its budget deliberations. The council based the revenue budget for dog licenses on a 30% compliance rate – or 23 points better than current levels.

What will the city do with the additional money from dog license revenues? On the July 7 city council agenda is a contract for animal control services with Washtenaw County. Dog licensing revenues will help pay for that $135,570 contract.

Residents can obtain the required dog license in person at the city clerk’s office by providing a proof-of-rabies-vaccination certificate from the dog’s veterinarian along with a check made payable to the City of Ann Arbor for $16. Or the proof-of-rabies and the check can be mailed to the city clerk at 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

So, please go fetch…a license for your dog.

More photos of Ann Arbor Fourth of July parade dogs are included below.


A dark brown dog with a red, white and blue cape.


Two light brown dogs with red, white and blue collar decorations.


A white dog with a blue kerchief and a red harness.


A gray dog with a red scarf.


A black dog with a blue shirt in a red wagon.


A black dog on a red leash.


A little brown dog with a red and white vest. How do you like his HAT?


A big brown dog with an orange harness.


A little orange dog on a blue leash.

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  1. July 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm | permalink

    Go dog go!

  2. By TeacherPatti
    July 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm | permalink

    I got a reminder in the mail to renew Buddy’s dog license (Buddy passed on 10/4/13). This of course led to a bit of a meltdown. I always had him registered and so I knew it was coming…I guess I could have called them and asked them not to mail it.