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Tacoma Pet License Application (Mail In)
Fircrest Pet License Application (Mail In)

New pets receive a permanent tag within three to five business days of licensing. 

Benefits of Pet Licensing

A license is your pet's ticket home should he or she become lost. Tens of thousands of pets pour in to the Tacoma and Pierce County Humane Society every year. Sadly, very few of these animals have identification.

When a lost animal is found with current identification, our Animal Care and Control Officers can give the pet a ride home or quickly notify the pets owners that it is safe at the shelter. License fees pay for many worthwhile services, such as:

  • Keeping stray animals off the streets and out of danger.
  • Transporting injured animals to veterinarians for medical help.
  • Investigating cases of animal cruelty and abuse and seeing to a pet's general welfare.
  • Protecting your family from the threat of rabies and animal bites.

Your pet's license helps us provide better service to you, your family, and your neighborhood. Don't delay, purchase a license for your pet now!

Pet Licensing Requirement

If you live in the City of Tacoma or Fircrest, you are required by law to license dogs and cats over the age of eight weeks. New residents are required to obtain a pet license within 30 days of moving into the city. 

Pet License Tags

License tags must be worn by dogs at all times.  If your cat has a microchip, you are still required to purchase the license, however, your cat can go without its tag.  Keep in mind, that even indoor-only pets confined to fenced yards can get loose.  If you lost your pets tag contact us to receive a replacement tag.  

Contact Us
747 Market Street
Room 212
Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 627-PETS
(253) 627-7387

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM