Registering your pet is the law. The City of Houston Municipal Code requires that anyone who owns, keeps, possesses, or has control of a dog or cat four months of age or older must have his or her pet registered, vaccinated against rabies every year, and a registered microchip. Learn more about the City of Houston Municipal Code at www.library.municode.com/tx/houston/codes/code_of_ordinances
A City of Houston pet registration identifies and protects your pet in case it becomes lost. Even indoor pets can get out and become lost. You are required to renew your registration yearly and updated when you move and/or your pet is given away, lost, stolen or is deceased.
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The City of Houston offers three ways to register your pet. You may register online, in person, or via mail. We currently DO NOT accept payments over the phone.
To register your pet online, please visit www.licensepet.com/Houston. Enter your personal information, as well as your pet’s information in the online portal. You may upload your pet’s rabies certificate and other supporting documents. If you wish to provide a hardcopy to our office, you may mail requested documents to “Pet Registration” at 3200 Carr St, Houston, TX 77026 or attach it via email to email@example.com
To register your pet via mail, simply mail a check or money order to 3200 Carr St, Houston, TX 77026. Please enclose all required documents, along with a check or money order payable to “BARC”. Send copies of your paperwork and retain originals as they will not be returned. Please refrain from mailing cash.
To register your pet in person, you may visit the shelter during normal operating hours. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted in person. Please bring all required documents along with a valid driver’s license or ID, which is required to enter the facility. Click here for shelter address and hours: www.houstontx.gov/barc/hours.html.
For additional information regarding pet registration, you may call our office at 832-393-8579 or reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, Collars and tags are helpful, however, they can fall off or become lost. Microchipping provides a permanent form of identification for your pet.
A rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian must be submitted. An invoice or statement of services is not sufficient as proof of rabies vaccination. Check your certificate for correct owner name, address, and pet information. You will also need a spay/neuter certificate if it is not reflected on Rabies certificate.
Proof that a microchip has been implanted in your pet. This information should contain microchip brand and the microchip number (this information can sometimes be found on the rabies certificate). *To update your pet's record at any time, please email WayHome@houstontx.gov.
Ready to purchase your pet’s City registration? Any required documents, such as your pet's current rabies certificate, may be scanned and uploaded (please use .jpg format) or submitted later mail or email. The registration will be issued after all required documents are received.