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Questions About Licensing Your Dog?


Watch this video and our helpful wardens will tell you what you need to know!

Find True Love at the Adoption Center!
Understanding the dangerous dog laws

If your dog decides to nip the mail carrier, does that make him a Dangerous Dog?

According to the Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.11: Yes, if your dog causes injury to a person, other than killing or seriously injuring a person, it is considered Dangerous.

Read the dog laws

It's Time To Renew Your Dog License

One year license $18 altered or $35 unaltered

Three year license $54 altered or $105 unaltered

Permanent license  $180 altered or $350 unaltered

All dogs three months of age and older must be licensed annually by January 31.
When you acquire a new dog, you must license it immediately.

Dogs in Franklin County must be immunized against rabies by a licensed veterinarian before a license can be purchased.


More about dog licenses

Getting your dog license is easy!

Buy it online, by mail or stop by the Dog Shelter. Just remember to get it before January 31.

Adopting at the Shelter

The shelter is the best place to start your search for a new best friend.

Typically you'll find about 100 dogs and puppies available for adoption for a very reasonable $123 adoption fee.

Check our website for dogs currently available for adoption.


We are very proud of our modern new facility on Tamarack Boulevard which opened in October, 2011. The Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center provides a safe, healthy environment for the dogs, visitors, volunteers and employees. The shelter is a green, environmentally-friendly building which utilizes solar panels, natural sunlight, and an energy efficient design. Specialized air filtration and cleaning systems help keep the dogs healthy by preventing the spread of diseases, and the innovative "real life" rooms provide a comfortable home-like living environment for the dogs in residence.

    Dog Licenses

    All dogs three months of age and older must be licensed annually.

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    Mingle with our Mutts

    Meet dogs from the shelter and many of those in our foster homes!

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    Low-Cost Rabies Clinics

    Low-cost rabies immunizations are available for your furry friend.

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