Licensing

The purpose of pet licensing is for identification and enforcement of required rabies vaccination. The owner must show proof of current vaccination for rabies for each animal. Lost pet’s brought to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County wearing current pet license tags may be eligible for our “Free Ride Home” program and reunited with their owners at no cost.

Pet licenses for St. Joseph County residents (excluding South Bend city residents) can be purchased in person at the Humane Society of St. Joseph County or at most veterinarian offices located in St. Joseph County, IN. You must provide a copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination and microchip number if applicable. In most cases, the pet license will expire with the rabies vaccination or one year from the date it was issued. Pets that are not spayed/neutered and/or are not microchipped are not eligible for a 3 year pet license.

If you would like more information about purchasing a breeder, kennel/cattery, omnibus, pet shop, controlled animal, performance, dangerous animal, county chicken, or any other type of permit please visit the Humane Society of St. Joseph County to pick up an application.

 

LICENSING FEES

Mishawaka City Residents

Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $10.00 per year

Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 3 year rabies vaccination= $30.00 three year license

Spayed/Neutered, not microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $15.00 per year

Not Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $15.00 per year

Not Spayed/Neutered, not microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $25.00 per year

*Mishawaka City has a three pet limit with exceptions depending on lot size.

 

St. Joseph County Residents & All municipalities excluding Mishawaka city & South Bend city

Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $5.00 per year

Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 3 year rabies vaccination= $10.00 three year license

Spayed/Neutered, not microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $10.00 per year

Not Spayed/Neutered, microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $30.00 per year

Not Spayed/Neutered, not microchipped, 1 year rabies vaccination= $50.00 per year

*Unincorporated areas of St. Joseph County no longer have a pet limit but all dogs/cats must be licensed and all dogs/cats/ferrets must have a valid rabies vaccination.