Dog Licenses

Arvada law requires dogs to be licensed annually!

Things to know:

A dog license may be obtained through Foothills Animal Shelter, any of the three Arvada Police Stations or many local veterinary offices. A complete registration form (available in advance at and fees must be presented at that time. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination.

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter must accompany this registration. In lieu of written documentation, your veterinary clinic may complete the designated area on the license registration.
  • Licenses must be worn on the dogs collar at all times!
  • Cats are required to wear a current rabies tag on their collar at all times.
  • Although not mandatory cats can be licensed in Jefferson County too.
  • Current fees are: SPAYED/NEUTERED $15 and UNALTERED $30
  • The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will set the licensing fees.


Benefits of countywide dog licensing:

Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners:
A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year by an animal management officer in any part of the county. The license information includes home and alternate phone numbers, a secondary person to contact in case of an emergency, as well as medical and dietary information on the dog.

Licensing encourages the spaying and neutering of dogs through staggered fees:
The license fee differential -- $15 for spayed and neutered dogs and $30 for unaltered dogs -- was designed to encourage people to sterilize their dogs. Animal management officers hope to reduce the number of unwanted pets through this program. Pet overpopulation is a major problem and leads to overcrowding at shelters and the euthanization of far too many pets.

Licensing encourages pet owners to vaccinate their dogs against rabies:
The rabies vaccine is a prerequisite for a dog license. Countywide licensing will reduce the risk of rabid dog bites throughout the county. 

Licensing helps the Foothills Animal Shelter:

All revenues from dog licensing, less administrative costs, goes to Foothills Animal Shelter in Jefferson County which serves as a safe haven for lost animals, those impounded by animal control officers, and for dogs relinquished by their owners.  

It also serves as an animal adoption center - While Foothills Animal Shelter receives the third largest volume of animals of all shelters in Colorado, it has the smallest budget of any major animal shelter in the State.