FAQ's for Dog Licenses
1. Who has to license their dog?
All dogs over 6 months old residing in the Town of South Hadley must be licensed annually.
2. When do I license my dog?
Current licenses expire on March 31. The Clerk's Office begins issuing new licenses in January because reminders are included with the census. You may use the form on the census to license your dog. You must register a new dog within 30 days of receipt.
3. What do I need to bring with me to license my dog?
Proof of up-to-date rabies shots from your veterinarian is required for a license to be issued.
4. What is the fee to license my dog?
View our table to see which situation best fits you and your dog: License Fees
5. Can I register my dog online?
Yes! South Hadley is now accepting online dog registrations through ViewPoint Cloud. You will need a credit card and there is a 2.2% plus .30 cent charge per transaction. Create an account.
6. May I license my dog by mail?
You may license your dog by mail by sending the appropriate fee, see license fees, with a copy of the current rabies certificate from your veterinarian. Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope for us to send you your dog's license. License Fees
7. Is my dog a service dog?
A service dog is defined under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or task performed by a service animal must be directly related to a handler’s disability. A dog whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support does not qualify as a service animal.
Take the PUP (Pick up Poop) Pledge!
Did you know that there are about 47,000 dogs in the Pioneer Valley, and that together, they produce about 17.5 tons of animal waste a day? Dog waste is not biodegradable, and, despite what you might think, it does not act as a fertilizer. Stormwater runoff can wash dog waste into ponds, lakes, streams and drinking water supplies, causing outbreaks of E. coli and other bacteria harmful to both people and wildlife. It can contaminate parks, athletic fields and places where children play. According to the EPA, dog waste is as toxic to the environment as chemical and oil spills. Please be responsible and pick up and properly dispose of your pets waste, and encourage others to do so too. Show that you care: take the Pick up Poop Pledge at: https://thinkblueconnecticutriver.org/pup-pledge-form/