City Contracts Humane Society for Dog Licenses

It’s estimated that approximately two-thirds of dogs in town are not licensed. Is yours?

The Pasadena Humane Society (PHS) will take over the dog licensing program as part of the new contract for fiscal year 2012-2013. The City has also entered into a contract with the SPCA.

As part of the deal, the City will receive a credit of 50-percent from PHS of any licensing revenue over $10,000 and will be credited 100-percent for impound fees PHS collects. The contract is for three years.

Each year approximately 450 dogs in the city are licensed, which is about 10-percent of households. However, it's estimated that 30-percent of homeowners have dogs which means that a number of dogs remain unlicensed each year.

The PHS has done door to door neighborhood inspections in the past to locate unlicensed dogs.

The average revenue on these fees is $8,200 annually, but with costs of billing, tags and staff hours factored in, the revenue is actually around $5,000.

The annual dog fees will be as follows:

  • $20.00 for Altered Dogs
  • $10.00 for Altered Dogs (senior discount)
  • $25.00 penalty for licenses paid over 30 days late
  • $40.00 for Unaltered Dogs
  • $20.00 for Unaltered Dogs (senior discount)

This contract will also allow the City to share costs with PHS when collection exceeds $10,000. For every dollar that's collected over that amount, the City will see 50 cents.

With the estimated amount of unlicensed dogs being so high, the City expects to recover $5,000 plus in lost revenue.

Canyon Lady June 15, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I suppose it didn't make money for the city, so they stopped doing it.
Canyon Lady June 15, 2012 at 06:15 AM
I actually like and support the Pasadena Humane Society, they are a good organization. I do however, have a probem with the way Sierra Madre is contracting everything out, that's just not right.
Zahra June 15, 2012 at 02:34 PM
There is a low-cost vaccine clinic on June 28 at PHS from 5:30p.m.-7p.m. Here's the link for more information: http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_news#Vac2012-06 I'm a PHS employee and live here in Sierra Madre.
Carroll Brown June 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Carol, I don't know the whole story but I heard that there was a problem at one of the clinics at one of the parks. I could be wrong so don't take my comments as gospel. So everyone is afraid of law suits. I used to work at the clinic when they held it at Victory Park. That was years ago.
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