TOWNSEND — We are having a contest for the No. 1 tag. Dec. 6 will be the first day to register your dog(s) for 2011 tags.

Local businesses are helping to generate awareness and excitement by donating $5 and $10 gift certificates to their establishments. A list of these businesses will be on our website ( and in the paper at a later date.

Your dog must have a valid rabies certificate and you must register by Feb. 14 to be eligible for the #1 tag and the gift certificates.

Altered dog licenses are $6 and intact dogs are $11. It is a Mass General Law that requires all dogs be registered.

Townsend town clerk’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday nights we are open until 8.

Come and register and have the opportunity to be the winner. The drawing will occur at the selectmen’s meeting after the Feb. 14 deadline. Any questions please call 978-597-1704.

— Susan Funaiole, town clerk