|Purred: Mon Apr 30, '07 8:56am PST |
|Dear Kitty Owners,
Dog and cat owners in Aurora, Colorado will find that there has been another fee increase when they license their animals in 2007. The cost of my cat licenses is still within reason, but that's only because I'm a senior citizen and all of my cats are neutered. There are legitimate hobbyists in our city who breed and show their pedigreed animals. The license fee for an intact animal is 10 times what you pay for a neutered animal. The owner of an intact animal has to pay $100 for an intact permit plus the $10 license fee. If a person happens to be a hobby breeder, they pay $200 for a litter permit. In other words, the City of Aurora wants to tax hobby breeders out of business. Small hobby breeders are still the best source of pedigreed pets. These folks raise their babies underfoot and the result is a well socialized pet. Large commercial breeders just put 2 animals together and say "go for it Fluffy". Hobby breeders spend many hours researching pedigrees and looking for the very best breeding stock to meet the goals of their program. They spend a lot of money testing their breeding animals in order to avoid genetic problems such as polycystic kidney disease in the Persian cat. Is the goal of the City of Aurora to have nothing left but random bred animals? Hobby breeders don't make a profit on the sale of their pet puppies and kittens. They don't break even in most cases and there is a limit to what they can lay out to support their hobby. I am not a breeder, but I feel that the fees being charged to these people is extremely discriminatory and punitive. If you are of the same opinion, please join me in emailing the members of the Aurora City Council and expressing that opinion. I have copied the fee schedule below for your information.
Karen and the Furry multitude
Licenses, Permits & Forms
Available licenses and permits:
City Animal License (required for all dogs and cats over the age of six months). Before a license application can be processed, proof of a current rabies vaccination is required (a photocopy of the rabies certificate issued by your veterinarian is acceptable).
Annual Animal License fee = $10
Intact Animal Permit (required for all dogs and cats that have NOT been spayed or neutered) Annual fee = $100 each year the animal is able to produce a litter of puppies or kittens
Litter Permit and Registration Number (required within one week of obtaining a litter of puppies or kittens) Fee = $200 per litter
Fanciers Permit (allows an exemption to the City maximum limit of 3 adult dogs and/or 5 adult cats) One-time Fee = $100
Trapping Permit (for capturing stray/nuisance cats in an approved, privately owned trap) Annual Fee = $20
Guard Dog Permit (for keeping trained, professional guard dogs on private property) Annual fee = $50
To renew a current dog or cat license online, click on the link below:
http://www.auroragov.org/AuroraGov/Departments/Neighborhood_Servic es/Animal_Care/Licenses__Permits__and_Forms/DogandCatLicenseRenewals /index.htm
Aurora law requires that all dogs and cats over the age of six (6) months be licensed with the Animal Care Division. In addition, if the animal has not been spayed or neutered in accordance with City ordinances, an Intact Permit must also be purchased each year the animal is physically able to produce a litter of puppies or kittens.
Per City ordinance, license and rabies tags must both be attached to the animal at all times. Failure to comply may result in a summons and fine for the owner.
If a licensed veterinarian inoculated your dog or cat with a 3-year rabies vaccine, a 3-year City of Aurora Animal license and (if applicable) a 3-year Intact Permit may be purchased.
License & Permit Fees:
Certain discounts are available for license fees only. No discount is available for any permit:
Certified service dogs may receive a free license.
Persons 65 or older are eligible for a 50% discount on the 1-year or 3-year license fee.
Owners of a dog with Canine Good Citizen Certification are eligible for a 50% discount on the 1-year or 3-year license fee.
Only one discount is available per person per pet.
1 Year License for Spayed/Neutered “fixed” Animals:
Annual License fee = $ 10.00
License Fee Discount (proof of eligibility required) = $ 5
1 Year Intact Permit for Animals NOT Spayed/Neutered:
Annual Intact Permit fee = $100.00
1 Year License and Intact Permit for Animals NOT Spayed/Neutered:
Annual License fee plus Intact Permit fee= $ 110.00
Discount License fee (proof of eligibility required) plus Intact Permit fee = $ 105.00
3 Year fee for Spayed/Neutered “fixed” Animals: 3-year License fee = $30.00
Discount 3-year License (proof of eligibility required) fee= $15.00
3 Year Intact Permit for Animals NOT Spayed/Neutered:
3-year Intact Permit fee = $300.00
3 Year License and 3 Year Intact Permit for Animals NOT Spayed/Neutered:
3-year License fee plus 3-year Intact Permit fee = $330.00
Discount 3-year License (proof of eligibility required) plus 3-year Intact Permit = $315.00
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