Sign up that canine — Boston residents can now get licenses online for dogs

Foxborough, MA -- 3/20/01 -- TOP DOG CONTEST -- Foxborough Town Clerk Arlene Marie Crimmins capitalized on an idea by the Barnstable Town Clerk and started a Top Dog Contest to get residents to register their dogs. The winner, to get tag #1, will be selected by a drawing after April 2 from all license registrations. Each dog will get a certificate. (Globe Staff Photo/Pat Greenhouse) (Story by Bob Preer) Library Tag 03252001 SOUTH WEEKLY
Foxborough, MA -- 3/20/01 -- TOP DOG CONTEST -- Foxborough Town Clerk Arlene Marie Crimmins capitalized on an idea by the Barnstable Town Clerk and started a Top Dog Contest to get residents to register their dogs. The winner, to get tag #1, will be selected by a drawing after April 2 from all license registrations. Each dog will get a certificate. (Globe Staff Photo/Pat Greenhouse) (Story by Bob Preer) Library Tag 03252001 SOUTH WEEKLY
The Boston Globe

The city of Boston says that it will allow pet owners to apply for dog licenses online.

The online application process is available now on the city’s website, the mayor’s office said today in a statement.

Officials said the process is intended to make registration easier both for residents and for the city’s Animal Care and Control Department.

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“Not only does this protect the health of our local pets, owners, and neighbors, it’s also a great step toward streamlining the way we do business here in Boston,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement.

The city says it will be working with a third-party vendor to provide the service. There will be an online charge of 2.95 percent for each transaction, with a $1 minimum.

The mayor’s office also said the city will embark on a public education campaign this summer to emphasize the importance of getting licenses. Officials noted that owners may be subject to fines if they don’t get one.

The city is also holding a series of licensing and rabies vaccine clinics in neighborhoods across the city.