PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/12/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:111218B
Subject:
City of Long Beach Offers Two Months of Amnesty Program for Pet Licensing of Dogs and Cats
Contact:
Ted Stevens
Manager
Animal Care Services
562.570.3051
Ted.Stevens@longbeach.gov




Through a limited-time amnesty program, the City of Long Beach is waiving all licensing late fee penalties for owners of dogs and cats. The amnesty program, which began on November 1, 2018, will be in effect through December 31, 2018.

"Licensing your pet helps keep the community safe,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.  “Licensed pets are reunited faster, and in Long Beach, licensed pets that become lost are eligible for a free ride home the first time they are found, as well as a 10-day stay at the shelter.”

To encourage residents to keep their pet licenses current and encourage voluntary compliance with the City’s pet licensing program, on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, the City Council voted to implement a one-time amnesty program.

Besides being required by law, pet licensing in Long Beach comes with many benefits including Fast Track, Free Ride Home, Extended Stay, and Vacation Pet Alert. More information about these programs is available at http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/licensing/.

“This is the perfect time for pet owners to update and renew their license and take advantage of the late fee amnesty program,” said Ted Stevens, Manager of Animal Care Services. “We make it easy for the public to renew their pet license either in person at the shelter, by calling 562-570-PETS, or online at www.longbeach.gov/acs. We also want to encourage people to get their pets spayed or neutered, and we have information on our website about vouchers and other low-cost options available.”

As a reminder, effective October 1, 2015, all dogs over six months are required to be spayed or neutered. Spaying and neutering are proactive steps towards reducing the number of pets that do not have homes and offers many other health benefits. Special $50 spay and neuter vouchers will also be made available during November to help pet owners cover the costs of surgery and can be used at many local veterinary clinics in the Long Beach area. More information is available online at www.longbeach.gov/acs.  

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Animal Care Services

The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. ACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in the Cities of Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill.

Visit Animal Care Services at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village (Village) to adopt, volunteer, donate, license your pet or obtain resources regarding low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics throughout the City. ACS is located at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays. For more information, please visit www.LongBeachAnimalCare.com.