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PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2012 the State of Washington requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated for rabies. The vaccination must be kept current. (WAC 246-100-197 (3))

Bellingham, Blaine & Ferndale:

The annual license fee for each unsterilized male or female dog over 4 months of age is $41.00. The annual license fee for each sterilized dog or cat is $11.00. Before a license is issued for any dog, the owner must certify under penalty of perjury that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies. A certification of vaccination signed by an accredited veterinarian, and showing that the vaccination does not expire prior to the expiration date of the license, must be provided upon request.

Cat licensing is required in the City Limits of Ferndale.

Print a Pet License Application here.

A microchip may be used in place of a license tag for Ferndale cats. The microchip number must be provided at the time of licensing.

Whatcom County:

Dogs over 7 months of age living in Whatcom County are required to have a license. At this time, dogs living outside the City limits of Bellingham, Blaine and Ferndale are not required to have a rabies vaccination.

The annual license fee for each unsterilized male or female dog is $41.00. The annual license fee for sterilized dogs is $11.00.

Print a Pet License Application here.

Dog licenses may also be obtained from the following veterinary offices:

  • Banfield Vet Hospital
  • Birch Point Dog & Cat Clinic
  • Blaine Animal Hospital
  • Fountain Veterinary Hospital
  • Northshore Veterinary Hospital
  • NW Small Animal Clinic
  • Village Veterinary Clinic

You may also license your dog in person at the Whatcom Humane Society Sunday & Monday from 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Wednesday thru Saturday from 10:00 am-6:00 pm.

To license your dog outside the above mentioned areas, please contact:

  • Sumas City Hall, dog licensing for City of Sumas (360)988-5711
  • Lynden Police Department / Animal Control, dog licensing and animal control for City of Lynden (360)354-2828.

Whatcom Humane Society
2172 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226
Open to the Public: Wednesday thru Saturday 10am — 6pm; Sunday & Monday, 11am — 5pm
Closed to the Public Tuesday & Major Holidays

(360) 733-2080 • 24 hour Emergency Service, call 911
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