Department of Public Works


    Animal Licensing Information

    On July 1, 2013, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) became responsible for licensing Pasadena’s dogs.  To obtain a license, dog owners must bring their dog’s license application and rabies certificate directly to PHS, 361 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.  The agency is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, and is closed on Mondays.

    Effective July 1, 2016, annual dog license fees are $16.54 for spayed/neutered dogs and $76.54 for unaltered dogs.  An application can be downloaded and submitted to the animal licensing office at the Pasadena Humane Society.  

    Pasadena dog licensing application - Pasadena Dog Licensing Application 


    For more licensing information, contact PHS at (626) 792-7151, ext. 115, or visit http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=services_licensing.



    Mandatory Spay/Neuter of Cats and Dogs Over the Age of Six Months

    Per City of Pasadena ordinance, beginning July 1, 2015, all cats and dogs over the age of six months residing in Pasadena are required to be spayed or neutered. 

    Exempted cats and dogs include:

    • A dog used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes;

    • A service or assistance dog that assists disabled persons;

    • A cat or dog which is unable to be spayed or neutered without likelihood of suffering serious bodily harm or death due to age or infirmity.  Cat and dog owners are required to present written confirmation from a licensed veterinarian if their cat or dog is unable to be spayed or neutered; or

    • A cat or dog used to show, to compete, or to breed, and which is of a breed recognized by and registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC),  United Kennel Club (UKC), American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA), The International Cat Association (TICA), American Cat Fancier’s Association (ACFA), or other approved cat or dog breed registries. The cat or dog or the owner must  also meet one of the following requirements:

    1. The cat or dog has competed in at least one cat or dog show or sporting competition sanctioned by a national registry or approved by the Pasadena Humane Society within in the last 365 days;

    2. The cat or dog has earned a conformation, obedience, agility, carting, herding, protection, rally, sporting, working, or other title from a purebred cat or dog registry referenced above or other registry or dog sport association or Pasadena Humane Society; or

    3. The owner or custodian of the cat or dog is a member of an approved purebred cat or dog breed club which maintains and enforces a code of ethics for cat or dog breeding that includes restrictions from breeding dogs with genetic defects and life threatening health problems that commonly threaten the breed.


    Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program


    The PHS offers low-cost spay and neuter surgery to dogs and cats by appointment. PHS can waive spay/neuter fees for all pit bulls, pit bull-mixes, and Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mixes up to 15 pounds.  Dogs qualifying for this program are sterilized and micro-chipped at no cost. 



    Current Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program Fees








    Dog:  0 – 40 lbs.



    Dog: 41 – 100 lbs.



    Dog: 101+ lbs.



    For more information on the PHS low cost spay/neuter program, please visit http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=services_snip.


    Health Benefits of Spay/Neuter

    Several studies have demonstrated the safety and positive health benefits of spaying and neutering.  According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying and neutering can help pets live longer and healthier lives, and help prevent cancer and other life threatening illnesses.  Spaying and neutering can improve pets’ behavior including reducing aggression and fighting of dogs, and lessen tendency to roam.


    How Will the Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance Be Enforced?

    The mandatory spay/neuter ordinance would be enforced using secondary enforcement.  PHS will not actively seek violators, but enforce the requirement as a secondary enforcement when a violation of another state or local law pertaining to obligations of person owning or possessing a cat or dog occurs.  PHS officers will also check the status of cats and dogs they come in contact with during the course of their work.

    Chapters 6.12 and 6.16 of Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) contain the local animal regulations PHS enforces on behalf of the City.  Failure to comply with these regulations including allowing a dog to run loose without a leash and failure to license any dog over four months of age could trigger the secondary enforcement of the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance.


    Spay/Neuter Grace Period

    In the event that an unlicensed dog is identified and is not spayed or neutered, PHS will give the owner the opportunity to buy a one-time unaltered license and give the owner a year to alter the dog or receive an exemption from a veterinarian.  The exception would sunset after three years on June 30, 2018 at which there would be no grace period.  All animals entering the shelter and returned to Pasadena residents would have to be sterilized.

    For more detailed information on mandatory spay or neuter of cats and dogs, animals running at large, and dog licensing, please visit the following PMC websites below.


    PMC 6.09 – Dogs & Cats to be Spayed or Neutered


    PMC 6.12 - Running At Large Prohibited


    PMC 6.16 – Dog License Regulations



    Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

    To learn more information about Pasadena Humane Society’s services and programs, please call (626) 792-7151 or visit http://www.pasadenahumane.org/



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