New York Dog Licenses: The Basics

Black dog with New York dog license tag

You’ve been wanting a dog for a while, and now you’re ready to bring one home. You go to a local New York State animal shelter and discover many wonderful pooches from which to choose. There are boxers and beagles, Chihuahuas and terriers, labs and dachshunds, and numerous adorable mutts waiting for a forever home.

At last, you make your decision. You can’t wait to get Baxter (or Fluffy or Petey or Toto) home. You’ve done everything you need to in order to care for your new pet. You have plenty of dog food and treats on hand. You’ve selected a well-respected veterinarian to take care of your dog’s health. You’ve bought a leash for going on walks and a cozy dog bed that you hope your pup will like. Everything’s completed, right?

Not yet. There is one important step you still have to take. Namely, you need to secure a New York dog license, along with a state-approved license tag that your dog will wear on its collar.

Dog collar with license tag

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