Town and state health laws require that all dogs be licensed each year. 2021 Dog Licenses are on sale starting November 30, 2020 through the Town Clerk’s office and they need to be purchased by February 1, 2021 to avoid a late fee (extended until March 1, 2021 for 2021 only due to COVID). 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. The license fee for a spayed or neutered dog is $13 and the license fee for an intact dog is $15.
There are 3 ways to get your dog licensed. You can now - pay for your dog license online! Go to the Town of Shirley website and click on Pay Bills Online. In addition, you may come into the Town Clerk's Office and we can process your request for a new dog license or a renewal of an existing dog license as you wait with cash, check or credit card. No form is required. Also, if you wish to send in your payment by mail, just mail your payment with the check made out to the "Town of Shirley" for the required amount, to Town Clerk, 7 Keady Way, Shirley, MA 01464, with a note stating your name and address and the dog's name and we will mail the license and receipt to you. The Clerk's Office is open for walk-in service Monday 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a .m. to 12:30 p.m.
Licenses purchased after February 1st (extended until March 1, 2021 for 2021 only due to COVID) 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 the Animal Control Officer. "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.
Questions? Please call Town Clerk William Oelfke at 978-425-2600, x1.