City Services

Pet Licensing

Cat & Dog Licensing

Please License Your Pet!

Licensing is required for all dogs and cats age 8 weeks and older in Bothell.  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, and it's also the law.

Bothell’s partnership with PetData makes licensing your pet easier than ever. Three different options are now available for licensing your Bothell pet – online, by mail or in person.

To license online, go to www.PetData.com and select Bothell from the customer service drop-down menu. Then click on ‘Online Licensing’ on the upper left side of the screen.  You can license multiple pets at the same time and easily upload required documents.  All major credit cards are accepted, and a small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

To license by mail, simply mail a copy of applicable documentation, along with your check payable to “City of Bothell” to Bothell Animal Licensing, C/O PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX  75014.

A pet may also be licensed in person at Bothell City Hall at 18305 101st Ave NE.  Bothell City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Proof of rabies vaccination is required in order to license a pet in Bothell. Rabies is a deadly virus that can affect people and animals. Any mammal can get rabies. However, bats are the only animal in Washington known to carry rabies. In other states, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes are known to carry rabies.  As of this year, the state law requires that all dogs, cats, and ferrets have up-to-date rabies vaccines.

The City of Bothell encourages spaying and neutering.  Each year 6-12 million animals die in shelters simply for lack of a home.  For information about low-cost spay/neuter clinics available to you, contact PAWS 425-787-2500. License fees for sterilized pets over 6 months of age are $30 for one year. Licenses for unsterilized pets over 6 months of age are $60. Juvenile pets 8 weeks old to 6 months of age are eligible for a Juvenile Pet License, which is $15 and is valid for 6 months from date of issue.

For Senior Citizens age 65 or older, Bothell offers a lifetime license for pets that have been spayed or neutered.  Seniors may license their altered pets for $15 per pet (up to 3 pets).  A senior pet license is good for the lifetime of the pet but must be renewed annually, at no charge.

For more information on licensing in the City of Bothell please visit www.petdata.com/cs/bth/ or call toll-free 1-877-816-7058.   

Who Needs a Bothell Pet License?

Bothell pet licenses are required for all dogs and cats 8 weeks of age or older in the City of Bothell.  A pet license identifies and protects your dog or cat in case they get lost.  Licensed animals with current information on file are held a minimum of ten days at the shelter whereas an unlicensed pet, or one with outdated owner information is held for only 72 hours.

Even indoor-only cats or pets confined to fenced yards get loose and their licenses help assure you can be reunited with them. Licenses are inexpensive identification and are for your pet's protection and safety. License revenue also makes it possible to reunite lost pets with their families.

Where do the Licensing Fees Go?

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.

 
The fees that are paid for pet licensing go toward a number of services:
•    Faster field response
•    Resources for nuisance animals
•    Sheltering services
•    Education
•    Better customer service
•    Licensed animals are held for 10 days at PAWS versus 72 hours for unlicensed pets.


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!