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Licensing Information

One-Stop Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing is now available at several local veterinary clinics. Fees for administration of vaccinations are determined by each veterinary clinic and you must schedule an appointment.

One Stop Vaccination/License Locations »

Licenses are available at the Animal Shelter and now available at these Township and City Offices.

Why License?

  • A dog license helps to get your dog home safe if they become lost.
  • Dog licensing provides funding for animal control in Kent County. This allows us to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty and neglect, as well as responding to loose or aggressive dogs.
  • It’s the responsible thing to do. Licensing protects our community by ensuring dogs are vaccinated against rabies.
  • Michigan law requires that all dogs over the age of four (4) months are licensed and all new dogs are licensed within 30 days.


Type of License

1-Year License**

3-Year License**

Intact (Un-Sterlized) Dog



Spayed/Neutered Dog



Senior Citizen (62 or older)*



Intact (Un-Sterlized) Dog



Spayed/Neutered Dog



*Senior Citizen Rate: You must provide your birthdate on the application to qualify for this discount.

**Late Fees: If you do not purchase your dog license in the MONTH of the rabies vaccination expiration it will be considered late and the total purchase price of the license will be doubled.





740 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Animal Shelter
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6:30pm

Closed for Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

Adoptions Available:
Mon-Fri 9:30am-Noon, 2pm-5:30pm

(616) 632-7304

(616) 632-7327

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