In the City of Kent, pet licenses are required for indoor and outdoor cats and dogs eight weeks and older. Ensure that Fluffy and Fido are licensed, so you can be reunited with your Kent cat or dog if it is lost.

To make it easier to license your pets, in collaboration with the city, Regional Animal Services of King County will go door-to-door in Kent, on weekends only, starting April 1 through October 28. Canvassers will issue temporary licenses for unlicensed pets, and the owners will have 30 days to purchase an annual license.

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The license for spayed and neutered pets is $30 per pet and $60 per pet for unspayed or unneutered pets. The fine for an unlicensed pet is $125 for spayed and neutered pets and $250 for unspayed and unneutered pets. There are discounts for disabled and senior residents and for those with juvenile pets.

King County pet license canvassers are easily recognized by county ID badges, logo shirts, business cards and pet licensing documents. As King County employees, they follow strict guidelines regarding professional conduct and will not peer in windows or over fences looking for pets.

The benefits of pet licensing are numerous and include:

  • Reuniting owners and lost pets, including a free ride home for licensed pets that get lost;
  • Saving animals’ lives by funding shelter care for injured and lost animals and pet adoptions;
  • Investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty and neglect; and
  • Providing resources to address complaints about vicious or nuisance animals.

Pet licenses are available at Kent City Hall or online at

Any concerns or questions should be directed to or 206-296-2712.

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