You have to by law. In Maricopa County, all dogs over three months of age are required to be licensed and have their rabies vaccination.
It registers you as the dog's owner. This enables us to help reunite you if your dog is lost.
If your lost pet is picked up and we are unable to quickly contact you, the first 24 hours at the shelter will be at no charge. Also, if a licensed dog bites someone, it may be eligible for home quarantine, rather than being quarantine in our facility or a veterinary hospital.