Pet Rabies Licenses

Dog and cat owners are required to obtain a pet license annually from the town of residence.    “In order for the license to be issued, the owner must present proof that a licensed veterinarian has vaccinated the dog (or cat) against rabies and that the duration of immunity from that vaccination extends through at least ten months of the twelve-month licensing period.”  A nominal fee is required for each license, and most municipalities offer a reduced fee for pets who are spayed or neutered.  Taken from the State of New Jersey Department of Health

The deadline for rabies licenses in most towns is January 31.  Those pets whose rabies vaccine is expiring prior to November 1 of the coming calendar year will need a booster to ensure that the vaccination is effective through at least ten months of the licensed year.  For many pets, this means that a rabies vaccine is given earlier than its expiration date.  There is no harm in boosting the rabies shot early.  Additionally, once your pet is on such a schedule, the rabies protection will continue to satisfy licensing requirements.