|Congratulations to our winners of the 2013 Top Cat & Big Dog photo contest (pictured left). Our winners are: Colt, a King Charles Spaniel and Bintzer, a long haired, green-eyed feline. These two pets will be featured in Auburn's upcoming animal services campaigns.|
Beginning January 1, 2013, the City of Auburn launched a local program for animal licensing, animal control and animal sheltering. Animal licensing and control will be managed by the City of Auburn, while animal sheltering will be handled by the City’s partner, Auburn Valley Humane Society.
The City of Auburn has adopted its own animal control regulations - Chapter 6.01 of the Auburn City Code (per Ordinance 6424). These regulations address the roles and duties of the City’s animal control officer, when animals may be impounded and crimes relating to animals.
(If your residential address is in the City of Auburn all indoor/outdoor dogs and cats must be licensed each year.)
License your pet - it's their ticket home!
When you license your dog or cat or both, you are not only helping your animal, but also other pets who may need help or assistance. Specifically, pet licensing:
For more information on pet licensing, please contact us via email or call 253-876-1997.
Pet Licensing Options - Licensing Your Pet is Easy
Purchase a pet license in person at the following locations,
Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excluding holidays:
- Auburn City Hall, 25 W Main ST, 1st Floor
- Customer Service Center, One Main Street Building, 1 E Main ST, 2nd Floor
- Parks, Arts & Recreation Administration Building, 910 Ninth ST
- Auburn Valley Humane Society, 4910 A ST SE
The City is currently working with local veterinarians to add licensing stations at their offices. Check back here for more information.
|Juvenile||Under 6 months of age; 6 months expiration||$15|
|Senior/Disabled||Proof that pet is altered and proof that owner is 62 years of age or older or disabled is required (Per ACC 13.24)||$15|
|Service Animal||With a signed statement, on the City Form, indicating that the owner of the animal has a disability and that the animal is a service animal, no license fee shall be charged by the City.||$0|
|Late Fees||45-90 days||$15|
|365 days or more||$30 + current license fee|
*Proof of alteration can consist of a statement or receipt from your veterinarian or clinic that did the surgery, or who has examined your pet; or previous license information showing spay/neuter.
- Animal licenses for dogs and cats shall be valid for a period of one year from the date on which the license is issued and shall be renewed annually.
- For a license issued by King County Regional Animal Services prior to January 1, 2013, this license shall be considered by the City to be valid through its expiration date and no City of Auburn license shall be required until after said expiration date.
- Juvenile licenses may be obtained in lieu of an unaltered animal license for animals from eight weeks to six months old.
- A person under the age eighteen years is not eligible to purchase an animal license.
- City residents who qualify under the provisions of Chapter 13.24 of the Auburn City Code may purchase a discounted animal license for their cats or dogs that are neutered or spayed and that are maintained at the registered owner's registered address.
- Current King County Metro Regional Reduced Fare Permit.
- Certification from the Veterans Administration of a disability of at least 40 percent.
- Valid Medicare card issued by the Social Security Administration.
- Valid Regional ADA paratransit card issued by King County Metro or Pierce Transit or Sound Transit.
- Obvious physical impairment.
- Current participation in a vocational career program through the Washington State Individual Education Program.
- Medically disabled as certified by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, physician’s assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner or audiologist, licensed in the State of Washington.
- Service animals shall be licensed but no license fee shall be required
Animal Control Services
Animal services in the City of Auburn are provided by the Auburn Police Department's Animal Control officer. If you are experiencing a life-threatening animal-related emergency, call 911.
For non-emergency service, please call 253-931-3062. Animal Control Officers respond to the following requests:
Potentially Dangerous Dogs
In the City of Auburn, certain types of dogs are considered potentially dangerous dogs. Auburn City Code Chapter 6.35 defines a potentially dangerous dog as any dog that when unprovoked:
- Inflicts bites on a human or a domestic animal either on public or private property;
- Chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, or any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, or to cause injury or otherwise to threaten the safety of humans or domestic animals;
- Is known or should reasonably have been known by its owner to have aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered the safety of humans or domestic animals.
Failure to comply with the provisions of Auburn City Code Chapter 6.35 is a violation punishable as a misdemeanor in accordance with ACC 9.02.030.
A potentially dangerous dog is also defined as any dog that is known by the owner or should reasonably be known by the owner to be one of the following breeds or partially of such breed or to have an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to the following breeds.
The owner of a potentially dangerous dog is required to register the dog with the City Clerk's Office. Register a dog that falls under the list of dangerous breeds by filling out and printing the online registration form (PDF). You can also obtain a registration form at the City Clerk's Office, Auburn City Hall, 25 West Main ST, 1st Floor. There is no fee for the registration. In addition to a registration, other requirements for potentially dangerous dogs include:
- Photo of the dog must accompany the potentially dangerous dog registration form.
- Valid Pet License (see above on how to license your dog).
- All dogs must be walked on leash in the city. No one under the age of 16 years may walk a leashed potentially dangerous dog outside its proper enclosure.