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Town and state laws require that all dogs be licensed each year, and dog licenses are sold through the Town Clerk’s office. 2012 licenses cost $15 per dog. Any past due licenses for previous years will also need to be paid in order to purchase a current year’s license.

2011 licenses are valid through Dec 31, 2011, and there is a one-month grace period for purchases through Jan 31. On Feb. 1 or after, a $5 late fee applies, in accordance with town bylaw. The late fee does not apply if the dog is new to town less than 1 month or is less than 6 months of age. Dogs licenses in another Massachusetts town that are transferring to Shirley are entitled to a transfer license at no cost.

For 2012 Kennel License rates, please contact me at 978-425-2600, x205. A valid rabies certificate needs to be included with your request or be on file with the Town Clerk’s office.

Dog Licenses may be purchased by mailing your request to the Town Clerk’s Office at 7 Keady Way, Shirley, MA 01464. Please mail the following:

* a check made out to the Town of Shirley ($15 until Jan 31, $20 afterward) for each 2012 dog license.

* a self-addressed stamped envelope (include postage of $0.44 for 1-2 licenses and $0.61 for 3-4 licenses)

* a valid rabies certificate (unless we already have one on file for your pet). The certificate will be mailed back to you.

* a completed 2012 Dog License Application or a note with the following information: Owner’s Name, Street Address, Mailing Address, Telephone Number (pls indicate if it is unlisted), Name of Dog, Breed, Color, Approx. Date of Birth, and Gender of Dog (Male, Male Neutered, Female or Female Spayed).

Blank Dog License Applications are also available at the Town Clerk’s office and at the Hazen Memorial Library.

Dog Licenses may also be purchased in person at the Town Clerk’s office.

Low-cost rabies clinics are held in March and April of each year by the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health www.nashoba.org in conjunction with local veterinarians. Once the rabies clinic schedule is available, it will be posted here and at the Town Offices.