A stray coon hound found Monday running in traffic on Lincoln Avenue models the 2010 Routt County pet license, which is used by the city of Steamboat Springs and soon will be available from some local veterinarians.

Photo by Matt Stensland

A stray coon hound found Monday running in traffic on Lincoln Avenue models the 2010 Routt County pet license, which is used by the city of Steamboat Springs and soon will be available from some local veterinarians.

Some vets to offer pet licenses

Routt County tags required by law in Steamboat Springs

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Shelter hours

The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter at 760 Critter Court, off 13th Street, is open at the following times:

■ Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.

■ Closed Fridays

■ Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m.

■ Sundays, noon to 2 p.m.

Call the shelter at 970-879-0621 for more information about rabies vaccinations and pet licenses.

— Local pet owners will be able to get their 2010 county pet license from some veterinarians, in an effort to boost compliance through an easier licensing process.

The Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter sells licenses at 760 Critter Court, and that will not change in 2010.

But because the shelter is open limited hours and can require an extra trip for pet owners, some veterinarians soon will offer a one-stop shop for rabies vaccinations, annual wellness checks and annual county licenses.

Judy Plumb, municipal court clerk for the city of Steam­boat Springs, said Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital, Pet Kare Clinic and Steamboat Veterinary Clinic will provide county licenses at no extra charge.

Licenses cost $5 if a pet is spayed or neutered, Plumb said, and $25 if not.

Plumb said the vets should have 2010 county pet licenses by Jan. 1, if not this week. The animal shelter already has the 2010 licenses, which the city requires by law.

The city of Steamboat Springs uses the Routt County pet license.

If a lost dog is found without a county license, it means a court date for the owner, Plumb said.

Hayden, Oak Creek and Yampa have their own municipal pet licenses.

Animal shelter manager Janel Moore said Steamboat pet owners often think a rabies vaccination tag is the only one their pet needs, but that is not the case. County licenses also are required for Steamboat pets.

“The purpose for this is basically to have a little more compliance — actually, a lot more — and I think it will also help clear up some of the confusion,” Moore said.

The licenses are valid for one year, from January through December.

Plumb said she spoke with veterinarians at the three locations to gauge the scope of compliance.

“They gave over 3,400 rabies tags between the three of them in 2008, and the total licenses that the dogs got at our shelter was 1,027,” Plumb said. “So you can see there’s a big gap between the number of dogs that get their rabies (tag) and the number of dogs that get their (county) license.”

Moore said the 2010 licenses have the shelter’s phone numbers on them so finders of lost dogs can call the shelter, which has a database of local animals and their owners.

“It’s a good way to get your animal back home,” Moore said.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4233 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

ElevenFootPole 5 years ago

What is the purpose of a pet license? One reason stated is that when someone finds a lost dog, they can call the shelter and the shelter knows how to get in touch with the owner. But most dog owners put id tags on their dogs with their contact info on it. So adding a layer of bureaucracy for that purpose alone makes no sense at all. Can someone help me out here?

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frankly 5 years ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the license fee is to support the Animal Shelter/Animal Control, but I am not sure about that. It seems logical, though, that animal owners would be required to support those organizations. I don't truly believe that the license is to help owners reunite with pets (otherwise, wouldn't cats require licensing, too?). I think they just say that so people would view the license positively. Spin Doctors at work!

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jk 5 years ago

frankly, You raise a good point about this article. It starts off saying pet owners implying that cats would be involved, and ends talking only about dogs. Does anyone know if cats are required to be licensed? And if not why not??

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