All dogs and cats over three months of age in the City of Yuma are required to be licensed and must either wear collars with the license tag attached or be microchipped and registered with the City licensing agent.
Licensing your pet supports the City of Yuma Animal Care program and helps to create a safe and healthy community for people and animals.
Did You Know?
- Licensed lost pets are more likely to be returned to their homes than unlicensed pets.
- Licensed pets are not charged an impound fee if they can be returned to their owner before being brought to the shelter.
Your License Pays For:
- Bite, animal cruelty and dangerous animal investigations and enforcement.
- Efforts to find homes for stray and abandoned animals.
- Enforcement of laws to ensure a safe community for people and pets.
It's The Law!
City of Yuma Ordinance Chapter 130-006 requires the licensing of all dogs and cats that live within the City limits.
All dogs and cats over three months of age in the City of Yuma are required to be licensed and wear collars with the license tag attached. Cats must be microchipped if they do not wear a collar. The microchip is tied to the cat's license. If you choose to microchip your cat, the microchip number must be registered with the City licensing agent, PetData.
Your dog or cat is required to wear his or her license at all times, with the license hung from the collar and clearly visible; the only exception is for a cat that is microchipped. This will make it much easier to identify and return your lost pet. Failure to comply with this ordinance 130-020 may result in a fine and/or court appearance.
Licensing Is Easier Than Ever!
What Do I Need?
In order to apply for a new pet license or renew an expired license, you'll need to gather the following information about your pet:
- A completed City of Yuma Pet License Application (PDF) or renewal notice. (You may also fill this out online at PetData.)
- A copy (not the original) of your pet's current rabies vaccination certificate.
- A copy (not the original) of your pet's spay/neuter certificate if you would like to take advantage of the discounted rate for sterilized pets.
How Do I Register?
The City of Yuma now offers residents many ways to license their pet or pets:
License your pet on-line at the PetData.com web site.
(This link will take you to an external website that is NOT part of the City of Yuma official website.)
Register by Mail
Send your pet's information and a check or money order made payable to the "City of Yuma" to our licensing agent PetData at:
City of Yuma Animal Licensing c/o PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, Texas, 75014
Please Note: Mail-in applications may take several weeks to process.
Register in Person
Bring your pet's information along with payment to City Hall during our normal business hours. City Hall is located at One City Plaza, Yuma, AZ.
Please Remember: Pets are not allowed in City Hall.
Register at your Veterinarian's Office
Soon you'll be able to take advantage of "One Stop Shopping" at your local veterinarian's office - Coming Soon!
One (1) Year
Two (2) Year
Three (3) Year
$4 per month
$6 per month
Animal licenses are good for the full calendar year and expire at the end of the month. For example, if you purchased a one-year license on August 8, 2011, it would not expire until August 31, 2012. Replacement tags are $5.00 each.
My Pet is Deceased
If your pet is deceased and was licensed with the City of Yuma, please let us know by sending your name, address and pet's name by email or by phone (928) 373-4795
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I bring my pet into City Hall and have your agent check to see if it has been altered?
No. Written documentation from a licensed veterinarian stating that the alteration has taken place is required to certify that your pet has been spayed or neutered. Also, please remember that pets are not allowed in City Hall.
- My pet is too old to be altered. Can I get a license at the altered rate?
Written documentation from a licensed veterinarian stating that the pet is too old to reproduce is required.
- My dog or cat is a service animal, do I need a license?
Yes, but you may receive a waiver of the fee if you have a disability and use a trained service animal to assist you. Please provide a statement that the animal is a service animal required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform. Upon receipt of this information, the pet license fee is waived for service animals meeting the standards set forth by the ADA. Cats are not recognized as service animals by the ADA and are not eligible for the waiver.
- My pet has lost his or her current license, can I get a replacement?
Yes, replacement tags are available for $5.
- My pet already has a license that I purchased from the Humane Society of Yuma; do I need a NEW license?
No. The City is honoring existing licenses. You will NOT need to purchase a new license until your current one has expired.
- If my animal has been picked up, where can I find it?
Call the Yuma Police Department Animal Control at (928) 373-4795 or the Public Safety Dispatch Center at (928) 783-4421. An animal that is micro-chipped or licensed, may be kept temporarily at the Yuma Animal Control facility to attempt to contact the owner. If the animal is not being held temporarily by Yuma Animal Control, it may be at Humane Society of Yuma at (928) 782-1621
- Is a dog house adequate for shelter?
That depends. If you are providing shelter from the rain or cold during the winter, yes. However in this area when we are experiencing our usual high summer temperatures, the dog is not able to get relief from the sun by laying in an oven-like dog house. There must be shade that is provided at all hours of the day and has adequate ventilation.
- I have another question that's not listed here.
There's more information about animal related issues in the "Animals" section of our Who? What? Where?
For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the City of Yuma Police Department Animal Control.