Pet Licensing and Permits

Overview
It is a violation of city codes and ordinances when you do not vaccinate and license your dog or cat. It is very important for safety and health reasons that all pet owners maintain compliance with the City of Watauga’s vaccination and licensing requirements. An accidental bite or scratch from an non-vaccinated dog or cat could cause unneeded hardships on the pet and pet owner, not to mention your friends, neighbors or family members if they must endure injections for rabies as a result of a bite or scratch.

Rabies Tag

Concurrent with the issuance and delivery of the certificate of vaccination, the owner of the dog or cat shall attach to the collar or harness of the vaccinated animal a metal tag, serially numbered to correspond with the vaccination certificate number and bearing the year of issuance. The primary identification for dogs and cats is the tag worn on their collar. All other identification is considered secondary.

Required License
All dogs and cats four months of age or older which are kept, harbored or maintained within the corporate limits of the city shall be licensed. Cat and dog licenses shall be issued by the animal control officer or his or her agents upon payment of the required fee for each cat or dog. The license fee for cats and dogs shall be as set forth in the fee schedule found in the Code of Ordinances. Before a city license will be issued, the owner of the cat or dog must present a certificate from a licensed veterinarian showing that said cat or dog has been vaccinated in accordance with the requirements of Code regarding animals, as now or hereafter amended. If the veterinarian is unable to verify the same, or that such prior vaccination is now undocumented, the owner shall sign an affidavit stating the veterinarian or clinic, the address, date and owner of the animal at the time the vaccination occurred. The owner shall state his or her name and address, breed, color and sex of the cat or dog to be licensed. Said license shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance.

Fines Up to $2,000

The Texas Local Government Code allows municipalities to impose fines up to $2,000 for violations of ordinances governing health and safety. Failure to license and vaccinate pets is considered a health and safety violation. Fines may be imposed by the Municipal Court judge up to the maximum allowed by law. The current fine for failure to display a rabies tag is $174, as is the current fine for failure to license your pet.

Where to Go
Pet licenses can be purchased at:
City Hall
7105 Whitley Rd.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Animal Service Center
5203 Watauga Rd.
Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information, call 817.656.9614. The Pet License Form is available online for your convenience.