Town and state laws require that all dogs be licensed each year. Dog licenses are sold through the Town Clerk’s office. Any past due licenses for previous years will need to be paid in order to purchase a current year's license.
and mail it or bring it in to the town clerk's office. If you you would like to receive your dog license(s) by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The Dog License fees have changed for 2013 in response to recent changes in Massachusett's animal control laws. The license fee for a spayed or neutered dogs has been reduced to $13, and the license fee for an intact dog remains at $15. As in past years, a late fee of $5 will be added to licenses purchased after January 31 unless the dog is less than 6 months old or new to town. Proof of spaying/neutering must be presented or be on file at the town clerk's office in order to receive the spayed/neutered rate. Proof of a current rabies
vaccination must also be presented or be on file in order for the license to be issued.
Owners of 5 or more dogs need to purchase a kennel license and will need to to speak with Animal Control Officer Earl Hamel. "In the case of an applicant for initial licensure and in the case of an applicant for license renewal, a licensing authority shall not issue a kennel license until a kennel has passed inspection by an animal control officer." (MGL Ch. 140, s. 137A(a) - revised)
To have the Animal Control Officer contact you, please call the Police Department non-emergency number at 978-425-2642 and ask the dispatcher to page the Animal Control Officer.
Questions? Please call Town Clerk Amy McDougall at 978-425-2600, x205.
Town of Shirley
7 Keady Way
Shirley, MA 01464