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April 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

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Get your pet licensed without getting dinged with late fees

Have the dog and cat out and about wearing expired tags? Forget to license your pot-bellied pig or miniature goat?

Through April 30 you can bring those licenses up to date or buy new tags for pets not already licensed without getting hit with late fees or other penalties that can add up to hundreds of dollars.

The license amnesty is open to pet owners in Seattle, Federal Way, Bothell and most of King County.

Pet licenses serve several purposes. If a pet is found or turned into a shelter, the license information can be used to reunite the animal with its owner. The license fees also support adoption programs, foster care, spaying and neutering, enforcement and community outreach.

License rates and even what animals need to be licensed vary depending on where you live. Click on the websites for detailed information for your area.

Seattle: http://www.seattle.gov/animalshelter/ The website also lists where to buy a license in person.

Bothell: http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/bth To purchase a license in person at Bothell City Hall, 18305 101st Ave. N.E.

Federal Way: https://license.cityoffederalway.com/pets/Default.aspx To apply in person, visit the Federal Way Police Department, 33325 Eighth Ave. S., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC): http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/regionalAnimalServices.aspx The website also lists where to buy a license in person. Click here to see a list of cities in the RASKC service area.


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