FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Last month, the city of Florence approved a new pet license program. It requires pet owners to pay a fee for their dogs or cats.
The program will charge unaltered dog and cat owners an annual fee of $35. If residents already own an altered dog or cat, they will have to pay a one-time $35 lifetime fee or a $10 yearly fee. Residents over the age of 65 with altered pets have the option of paying a one-time fee of $7 or an annual $2 fee.
“We need some extra time to get the database together and get the tags in both the annual and lifetime tags,” said Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler. “It’s a good opportunity for us to allow the community to get accustomed to what’s in the pet license and gives us a little more preparation time to get ready to implement the license.”
Even though the program is voluntary, Tyler says the goal is for every pet owner to purchase the license.
“If you have an objection at all, don’t purchase the license. The only reason you will be required to purchase the license will be your animal gets picked up by an animal control officer and is carried down to the animal control shelter,” said Tyler.
Licenses can be purchased starting May 1st.