SPEARFISH, SD – While it is usually the first week of January, the City of Spearfish’s free pet tag week will take place the first full week of February in 2022. Shipping issues delayed the arrival of the pet tags.
“We’re extending 2021’s pet licenses to be good through February, and we are hoping people take advantage of the extension to make sure their pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date,” Spearfish Police Chief Curt Jacobs said, explaining that proof of current rabies vaccination is a requirement.
By City ordinance, all pets residing within City limits are required to have a pet tag. Residents registering their pets need to provide owner contact information, basic information about the animal (the pet’s breed, description, and name), and proof of rabies vaccination. Contact your pet’s veterinarian to make sure your pet is up to date on its vaccinations and to obtain a copy of this information to bring with you when registering the pet.
Animal Control Officer Scott Beal explained how a pet tag helps with the animal’s safety, as well as an owner’s peace of mind, as it allows faster identification of the animal and owner should the pet have an unsupervised adventure outside of the home.
“These pet tags help us get pets back to their families more quickly,” he said, describing how unexpected things can happen that result in even the most well-behaved animals being separated from their owners or home base. “Indoor cats can leave through an open door; dogs may jump a fence and range much farther than you expect – a pet tag certainly assists in finding the owner in those unanticipated situations.”
All pets (even indoor) are required under City Code to have pet tags, and the tags should be affixed to an animal’s collar.
Generally, tags are $5 for pets that are spayed or neutered and $10 for those that are not, and those fees are waived during free pet tag week, set for February 7-11, 2022.
Pet tags are available at the Spearfish Police Department, located at 225 W. Illinois St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby. After 4 p.m., tags may be obtained from the dispatch window in the lobby.
For more information about pet tags, contact Animal Control at 642-1300.
Animal Control Officer Beal reminded pet owners to check their pets’ paws after they are out in the snow, to clean the snow from their toes, and to keep dogs on leashes when out walking, unless they are in designated off-leash areas, for everyone’s safety during the winter.
He added pet owners living outside of City limits may obtain a City pet tag if they desire, though it is not required, and he encouraged all pet owners, regardless of where they live, to have some type of identifying information on their pet’s collar so that the owner may be contacted in case their pet gets lost.