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Posted on: December 6, 2023

2024 Dog Licenses on Sale Now

23.12.01 Karl Keith adopted his dog Winston from the Animal Resource Center 11 years ago

Montgomery County residents can now get 2024 dog licenses for their furry best friends.


On Dec. 1, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith was joined by Montgomery County Commissioners Judy Dodge and Carolyn Rice to announce the start of the dog licensing season and encourage pet adoption.


Keith, Dodge and Rice each have a dog in their family that they have adopted or rescued. On Friday, they highlighted the story of Hippo, a Shar Pei mix from the Animal Resource Center (ARC) who has recently been adopted. He will soon travel across the country to his new forever home in Alaska, after his new family saw him on a post on the ARC’s Facebook page. 


“Please adopt or rescue. There are so many wonderful dogs sitting at the shelter just waiting for the opportunity to love someone and be loved in return,” Rice said.


“The best way to show that you love your dog is by getting them a license,” Keith said. “A dog’s license is its ticket home if it gets lost.”


Dog licenses are on sale from Dec. 1, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2024 at The license fee is $20 for spayed or neutered dogs and $24 for dogs who have not been altered. Dog licenses must be renewed annually.


“I adopted my dog from the Animal Resource Center a couple of months ago,” Dodge said. "My dog isn’t like family – he is family. I would be devastated if something happened and he got lost. All it takes is your dog getting loose one time for the license to prove its worth.”


Dog licenses help reunite owners with their pets; they’re a quick and accurate way of notifying an owner if their dog becomes lost and someone finds them. In addition to the licenses being a useful identification tool, it is also Ohio law that all dogs older than three months of age must be licensed. 


“The fastest and easiest way to get your 2024 dog license is online,” Keith said. “I encourage dog owners to take advantage of that convenient opportunity to keep their pet safe.”


In 2023, nearly 50,000 dog licenses were sold. Nearly 60% of those dog licenses were bought online at The Auditor’s Office also has 15 outposts that sell dog licenses located around Montgomery County, at pet stores, veterinarian clinics and government offices.


Licenses can be purchased in three ways: 

  • Online at
  • By mailing-in an application which can be downloaded at  
  • In-person at 15 stores and agencies throughout Montgomery County, as well as at the County Administration Building and the Animal Resource Center


Proceeds from license sales go toward helping care for lost and stray animals until they can be adopted into a caring home. Dog owners can get a bone or heart-shaped tag by providing a small donation to the Animal Resource Center, to further help them care for animals in need. 


There are many dogs in the shelter looking for their forever homes. Families can view adoptable dogs at More information on dog licensing is available at

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