Dog License – It’s the Law

In Pennsylvania, all dogs three months of age or older, must have a current year dog license.  The license should be in place by January 1st., but there is still time to purchase a license for 2015.    There can be a fine up to a maximum of $300 for not having a license on the dog.

There are several reasons why getting a dog license is important.

1.      It’s the law.

2.      If your dog is missing, having him licensed greatly improved your chances of getting the dog back.

Even if your dog is always on your property, accidents happen and dogs do get out of fenced areas, etc.

3.      The cost of the license if less than the penalty for being caught without one

4.      Licenses support the efforts of local animal shelters

You can purchase a dog license at your county courthouse and generally at various locations through-out the county. For first time purchase, you will have to show proof your dog has been vaccinated against rabies.  All dogs and cats over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. 

The cost for a license is $8.50 for a male dog, $6.50 for a neutered male, $8.50 for a female and $6.50 for a spay female.  There is a $2.00 fee reduction for a person with a disability or a senior citizen.  If you are applying for a license as a senior citizen of a person with a disability, generally you must do this at the County Treasurer located at the courthouse.  Check your individual county requirements on this.

Many dog owners choose to purchase a lifetime license for their dog.  To purchase a lifetime license, your dog has to have permanent identification verification from a veterinarian indicating the dog has been tattooed or micro-chipped.  The tattoo is generally done on the inside of the dog’s upper leg and a microchip is a computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, inserted by the vet between the shoulder blades of the dog.  If the dog is found, many police departments, shelters, and of course veterinarians, can scan the pet to get the reading on the microchip. 

Lifetime license fees are $51.50 for a male dog, $31.50 for a neutered male, $51.50 for a female dog, and $31.50 for a spayed female.  There is a $20.00 reduction in price on the costs for senior citizens and persons with a disability.

Protect your dog and get a dog license. It is the law.

 Special Bark Park Service for Visitors in Northwestern Pa.

Conneaut Lake Bark Park will now provide daytime boarding for pets while travelers visit a local venue or tourist attraction in Northwestern Pennsylvania or while stopping for a visit with family and friends in the area.  This service will be available every day from 8 am to 6 pm.  The Bark Park hopes to partner with local tourist venues and encourage visitors to use this service instead of leaving pets unattended in cars, etc.

While staying at the Dog House, the pet will enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned area, bedding, playtime and plenty of walks around our beautiful countryside setting.  Additional services are also available. The cost is $20.00 for a two hour stay and $5.00 for each additional hour.  Proof of shot record is required including vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper, Parvo, Lepto, Bordetella and Fecal.  Call 814-382-2267 for more information and to make advance reservations so the family canine companion can enjoy this exciting new service beginning April 1st. 
 

“Open to the Public”    

Confusion over who can use the Bark Park and under what conditions is a frequently asked question.  To answer this question first you need to understand the outside acreage is one part of the total facility and the indoor services or Dog House is something different.

If you want to use the outside facility, off-leash areas, walking trail, calisthenics path, and dock diving you will need to be a member of the Bark Park.  Membership is $100 for a first time user and $120.00 for repeat members after an initial discount in January and February. The second dog, third, etc. is an additional $20.00.  Another popular option is the purchase of a coupon book with 7 visits for $25.00, second dog $7.50. The coupon book is good for one year from the date of purchase.

The inside facility is a little different and you DO NOT need a Bark Park membership to use these services. These services are “Open to the Public.”  This includes boarding, grooming, laundra-mutt, tidy up bath, and day stay.

The only “One Size Fits All” is the requirement for vaccinations.  All dogs using any part of the Bark Park must have the following vaccinations.   The required vaccinations are Distemper, Lepto, Bordetella, Rabies, and a negative fecal.  Your vet might also recommend vaccination for Lyme and Canine Influenza.

If you still have questions, give us a call at 814-382-2267

Conneaut Lake Bark Park