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Licensing Your Pet
In Alachua County, Florida


Many of you may be unaware of changes that the county has made to the registration process of your cat or dog with Alachua County Animal Services, effective 12/1/23. Newberry Animal Hospital Group is here to help you understand these changes.


Here is what you should know:


Alachua County requires all cats, dogs, and ferrets over the age of 4 months to be vaccinated against Rabies and licensed with the county within 30 days of vaccination or moving residence into Alachua County. Tags or licenses from other counties are not valid in Alachua County.


Alachua County is also now collecting a licensing fee for each cat or dog in your home, as follows:


Licensing Fees - per animal (cat or dog):


  • $25.00 for a 1-year animal license


  • $5.00 for a replacement tag (in the event you lose your pet's initial one)


Each pet license will be valid for 1 year, starting on the date of your pet's Rabies vaccination. The license will expire on the anniversary of the Rabies vaccination, and will not be valid longer than the expiration of the pet's Rabies vaccination. Payment for pet licenses can be made online HERE, by mail, or in-person at Alachua County Animal Resources. 

These pet registration requirements were made effective by the Alachua County Board of Commissioners on December 1st, 2023. 


Newberry Animal Hospital Group will continue working with the county to determine the best and most efficient way to help you comply with these pet registration requirements. For more information on Alachua County's Pet Licensing requirements, visit the ACAR website HERE.

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