First Lady of Virginia Kicks Off City 2017 Pet License Program

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe kicked off the city of Richmond’s 2017 pet license program by purchasing a city pet license for her dogs, Guinness and Daisy. The First Lady’s pets were the honorary recipients of tags number 1 and 2 for 2017.

All cats and dogs living in the City of Richmond are required to be licensed and have a current Rabies vaccination. Further, this legally required form of identification is your best friend’s most valuable asset in getting home safely should they become lost. Each year, Richmond Animal Care & Control (RACC) receives over 3000 animals, yet the vast majority of them have no form of identification to assist RACC in reuniting pets to their families. Your pet can’t tell RACC where they live, so speak for them by purchasing a pet license today.

City of Richmond residents are required to purchase a license for each pet that is owned. Attach the license tag to your pet’s collar. This simple step ensures that if someone finds your pet wearing its registered license tag — whether a citizen or animal control officer – they will know immediately that the animal is lost and belongs to YOU!

The cost of a pet license is $10 for each cat or dog and must be renewed yearly. Please visit for more information and locations where you can purchase your 2017 license.

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 2:55 PM

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