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If you are anything like us, pets are family. Getting a license is a loving thing to do. Not only will a license help your pet get home if they become lost, but it also helps all of the other animals in our community. The money collected by our licensing program helps to make sure that pets who might be injured out on our streets receive prompt and proper treatment. If you love your pet, you should license your pet. If you love animals in general, you will support our license for love campaign. It takes a community to care for them all.

If you license your pet . . .

  • You greatly increase the chances that you will get back your pet if your pet becomes lost.
  • Don’t say, “my pet will never get out." If that were true, we would not get 10,000+ animals into our shelter each year.
  • A license can help the person who finds your pet find you.
  • A license is connected to a rabies vaccination. Make sure you have that, too. Rabies is a killer and it is real.
  • Licensing helps fund the Front Street Animal Shelter. If you love animals, you will license your pet. Lost and abandoned animals in Sacramento benefit from the licensing program.
  • Licensing provides much needed funds to our low-cost or free spay and neuter program. Not everyone can afford this, but working together we can make it happen.
  • Licensing your pet is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your pet in case he or she becomes lost.

Animals in our shelter all belong to someone. Unfortunately, most enter the shelter without a license, microchip or ID tag. Don’t be that person. Let’s work toward being a community that truly cares for our animals.


More pets licensed = more pets reunited with owners = Fewer pets in shelters = Fewer pets euthanized

Pets wearing valid ID tags are returned home much faster, which opens up valuable shelter space and resources for the animals that truly need it.

Through our licensing partnership with DocuPet, all license tags now come readily equipped with the free HomeSafe™ 24/7 lost pet service. HomeSafe™ relies on a dedicated full-time staff and tags that link to online profiles to help get lost pets home quickly. This service has helped reunite thousands of pets with their families.

Each Sacramento license tag has a unique code etched on the back, and this code links directly to that pet's very own secure online profile and is used in getting lost pets home quickly. If someone finds your pet, all that person has to do is look up the unique HomeSafe™ code and then he/she can create a Found Pet Report in seconds. Alternatively, pets owners can file a Lost Pet Report the moment they realize their pet is missing.


Licensing fees help us stay in business and serve the animals that need it most. Licensing fees make it possible for us to respond to the sick, abandoned and injured animals in our community. There are lots of animals that need our help. Buying a license for your pet helps so many others. If you love animals, you will license your pet. Funding from our licensing program makes it possible for us to take care of the ones that really need help. Please be part of the solution, license your pet today.


The Free Ride Home Program is the Front Street Shelter’s commitment to our community. We know how difficult it can be to return lost cats and dogs to their families when the animals are not wearing collars and tags. They can’t tell us where they belong. If we find your pet and it’s wearing a license tag, we will give your pet a FREE RIDE HOME! Animal Control Officers love dropping off pets instead of bringing them to the shelter. Together, we can make a big difference!

Front Street is making this pledge to you. If one of our Animal Control Officers pick up a pet wearing a license, the Officer can trace the officer will bring the pet home, rather than taking it to the shelter. (This is provided that there is no serious law violation such as a bite, and that there is an adult owner home to receive the pet.) This is our pledge to you and the animals.

Our commitment to you and your pet