The Friends of San Francisco
Animal Care and Control

San Francisco Animal Care and Control

Why Should You Get Your Dog Licensed?*

Incredibly, there are an estimated 120,000 dogs in San Francisco! Only about 20,000 of them are licensed at this time.

Here are five reasons why that situation should change:

1. If your dog gets lost, a license tag on your dog's collar is the fastest way to find you when your dog is found. Even if your dog is microchipped, a license tag is immediately visible and doesn't require a scanning device to read it, like a microchip does.

2. Licensing, unlike microchipping, lets people know that your canine companion has received required vaccinations that protect your dog from rabies.

3. The fee you pay for your dog license and license renewal keeps your city's animal shelter, Animal Care and Control, going. It is one of the primary sources of revenue for ACC, so it can continue to provide its unique services to all the citizens of San Francisco, from finding new homes for unclaimed or surrendered pets to keeping neighborhoods safe from aggressive dogs, from caring for animals whose owners have died to teaching good pet care to school kids.

4. Your dog's license shows that you are a responsible dog caregiver. When you walk your dog or let your dog run in designated areas, people will notice the license on your dog's collar and know that you really care about your dog's welfare. Dogs without licenses carry a stigma of owner neglect.

5. It's the law. Living in San Francisco brings many lifestyle advantages and cultural rewards, but it also carries some obligations. Among these are the payment of fees for municipal services. Good citizens get their dogs licensed.

If your dog is four months old or older or has been vaccinated for rabies please apply for a dog license. Your city - and your dog - are depending on you. You can conveniently license your dog online, by mail or, if you prefer, in person. There are two licensing locations in the city: the Tax Collector's office in City Hall and Animal Care and Control, south of Mission.

San Francisco Animal Care and Control
1200 15th Street (at Harrison)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-6364
Hours: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday - Tuesday; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday. Closed on legal holidays and for quarterly staff development days.

Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector
City Hall, Room 110
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6449
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday, except legal holidays.


* Even if your dog is already microchipped.