Licensing Fee Distribution

On January 1, 2011, the City of Bothell took over animal control services. Prior to 2011, the City of Bothell contracted with King County Animal Control. In taking over animal control services, it allowed the City to hire its own Bothell Animal Control Officer who works with Bothell’s patrol Officers to investigate animal related calls. With a dedicated Bothell Animal Control Officer, the City can now provide citizens better customer service.

What Your Money Goes Toward


The fees that are paid for pet licensing go toward a number of services:
  • Fast field response
  • Resources for nuisance animals
  • Sheltering services
  • Education
  • Customer service
  • Licensed animals are held for 10 days at Everett Animal Shelter versus 72 hours for unlicensed pets.

Importance of Licenses


Most importantly, we understand that pets are an important part of your family. If your licensed pet gets lost, an officers can quickly contact you when he or she is found to ensure a safe return. Purchasing a license and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner. Displaying a current license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner information. It could be your pet’s ticket home!