Pet licensing community outreach will begin in Kirkland neighborhoods on May 7. Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has hired staff to conduct door-to-door canvassing to educate Kirkland residents about licensing requirements and ensure all cats and dogs are properly licensed. County staff will visit neighborhoods in the Bridle Trails, South Rose Hill and Highlands area. Pet licensing community outreach will be held only on weekends from May through October. The canvassers will be easily recognized by a county identification badge, business cards and logo shirt and jacket.
Licensing benefits include reuniting lost pets with their owners, a free ride home the first time a licensed pet gets lost and 24/7 lost pet license identification. Owners of licensed pets can participate in the Vacation Pet Alert program. License fees support shelter care and enforcement services for responding to strays, bite investigations and nuisance and dangerous animals. Animal cruelty and neglect investigations are also supported by pet license fees.
Kirkland residents can purchase new or renew existing pet licenses online at www.kingcounty.gov/pets, or at Kirkland City Hall, QFC stores and vehicle licensing agencies. License applications can be found at City Hall, city community centers, pet stores, local veterinarian offices and libraries.
King County code, as adopted by reference in the Kirkland Municipal Code, requires all cats and dogs eight weeks and older to be licensed, whether they are indoor or outdoor pets. Animal services in Kirkland are provided by RASKC through an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Kirkland and King County. The Kirkland Police Department oversees the contract. As part of the pet license program, the police department conducts a monthly renewal reminder to licensed pet owners using an automated calling system. More information about pet licensing is available on the City’s website.
For specific questions about the canvassing program, contact Marketing Coordinator Sandy Jones at 206-263-1988.