2022 Dog Licenses Now On Sale

Posted December 23, 2021 at 5:15 am by

Churchill, 2022 Celebri­ty Dog, receiv­ing the first dog license of the year — Con­tributed photo

The dog licens­ing sea­son is upon us! The San Juan Coun­ty Auditor’s office gets the excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty to name the celebri­ty dog each year and award them the first dog tag. For 2022, the hon­or goes to Churchill, a 14-month-old Bernese Moun­tain Dog who is the unof­fi­cial greeter for the Elec­tions Office. Encour­ag­ing two-legged mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty to vote is Churchill’s forte, but he’s excit­ed to remind our four-legged coun­ter­parts to do their part and get a 2022 dog tag.

All dogs in San Juan Coun­ty are required to be licensed annu­al­ly. Cur­rent fees are $15 for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $40 for “nat­ur­al” canines. A late fee of $10 applies to licens­es pur­chased after March 31, 2021. Add a pho­to of your dog for an addi­tion­al $5, which will dis­play if the dog’s license num­ber is looked up. This addi­tion­al mea­sure of secu­ri­ty adds price­less peace of mind if a dog is lost.

Camolyn, the Elec­tions Super­vi­sor, wel­comed Churchill to her home as an 8‑week-old pup­py. Camolyn brought Churchill to work dai­ly, enjoy­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to social­ize him, but quick­ly real­ized that he had a knack for com­fort­ing peo­ple and dogs alike. He grew quick­ly, now weigh­ing 100 pounds, but has kept his gen­tle demeanor and lov­ing per­son­al­i­ty. He can often be seen in the Elec­tions front win­dow, watch­ing the world go by and wait­ing for friends to vis­it. His favorite hob­bies are play­ing at the dog park and annoy­ing his feline sib­lings, Gun­ther and Boris. Churchill is a great reminder that love and kind­ness come in all shapes and sizes! 

Dog licens­ing fees fund both the licens­ing pro­gram and an account that com­pen­sates res­i­dents for live­stock killed or injured by stray, dan­ger­ous dogs. The bal­ance of col­lect­ed fees is dis­trib­uted to the local Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­eties for impound services.

Dog licens­es are avail­able at a vari­ety of San Juan Coun­ty loca­tions. If you live on San Juan Island, get your tag at the San Juan Coun­ty Auditor’s office or the Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety Fri­day Har­bor. Orcas Island res­i­dents can get a tag at Pawki’s, East­sound Ken­nels or Orcas Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety. Lopez Island res­i­dents can vis­it Sun­set Builders Sup­ply or Lopez Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Society.

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