Angelenos love their domestic cats, but with the State of California in fiscal upheaval and municipalities scrambling for new revenue streams, animal license fees have become an attractive solution. So, is there a Los Angeles cat license or is this still just a rumor?
L.A. County’s City of Long Beach Moves to License Cats
Long Beach – a city within the boundaries of Los Angeles County – has discovered an attractive future revenue stream: issuing an animal license to domestic cats. As of 07-16-2010, all cats kept within the City of Long Beach must be licensed.
It is noteworthy that at this time, there is no fee to receive a license for domestic cats. This policy changes on 01-01-2011, when the city council will set an acceptable cat licensing fee for Long Beach, California.
What about a Los Angeles Cat License?
Los Angeles Animal Services explains that – at this time – only dogs and equines (such as horses, burros, ponies, mules and donkeys) require an animal license. There is no Los Angeles cat license at this time.
Dogs over the age of four months must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed annually. The fee for an altered dog is $15; seniors over the age of 62 are exempt from the fee requirement. Equines over the age of 12 months also fall under a license fee requirement; the cost is $14 per year without exception for senior Los Angeles residents.
Spaying or Neutering Your Cats IS the Law in L.A.!
Even though there is no City of Los Angeles cat license on the books just yet, remember that since 10-01-2008, all cats kept within the boundaries of the City of Angels must be spayed or neutered. Cat lovers may apply for an exemption to the mandatory altering laws if they plan on showing the feline at competitive events or will engage in professional breeding.
Another method of obtaining an exemption is a veterinary-signed letter that attests to the cat’s poor health or other circumstances that make altering the domestic cat impractical. If money is a problem, households with an income of less than $33,150 can apply for a spay/neuter fee voucher or waiver.
City Workers Canvassing for Cats
Even as the City of Los Angeles cat license is not yet on the books, the county is nevertheless ready to enforce the animal license laws of Long Beach and surrounding cities. The Press Telegram reports that in Long Beach alone there are in excess of 225,000 cats and dogs that fall under animal license regulations.
Animal license inspectors are currently pounding the pavement and on doors in an effort to ferret out scofflaws that keep domestic cats (and dogs) without the proper papers and tags. Will Los Angeles be next?