Town and state health laws require that all dogs be licensed each year. Dog licenses are sold through the Town Clerk’s office and 2016 licenses need to be purchased by February 1 to avoid a late fee. If you were sent a past due notice for a previous year, the amount
past due will need to be paid in order to purchase a current year's license.
New for 2016 - pay for your dog license online! Alternatively, please complete the 2016 Dog License Form and mail it or bring it in to the town clerk's office. If you mail your payment and would like to receive your dog license(s) by return mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Clerk's Office is open for
walk-in service Monday 9 to 7pm, Tuesday - Thursday 9 to 4, and Friday 9 to 2. Additional times are available by appointment.
Licenses purchased after February include a $5 late fee unless the dog is less than 6 months old or new to town. The license fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $18 ($13 + $5), and the license fee for an intact dog is $20 ($15 + 5).
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 Bill McGuiness. "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 Animal Control Officer contact you, please call the Police Dispatch non-emergency number at 978-425-2642 and leave a message with your name, phone number and best time to reach you.
A copy of the Town's bylaws relating to Dogs is available here.
Questions? Please call Town Clerk Amy McDougall at 978-425-2600, x205.
Town of Shirley
7 Keady Way
Shirley, MA 01464