Pet licenses become delinquent Friday, and dog and cat owners in Hastings will need to get licenses renewed by then to avoid the late fees that start Monday.
Each year, pet licenses expire on Jan. 1. Residents have until March 31 to renew pet licenses. With the end of the month falling on a Sunday, the last day to purchase licenses will be Friday.
As of Monday, a $10 delinquent fee will be added to renewals. The penalty increases by an additional $10 each month after April.
To obtain a pet license, an owner needs to provide a current rabies vaccination certificate, which includes a description of the animal.
One- and three-year licenses are available. The three-year licenses were introduced in 2005, and reminder postcards are sent out when they need to be renewed.
If an animal is neutered, licenses cost $8.50 for one year and $21 for three years. Licenses for pets not neutered are $11 for one year and $28.50 for three years. For owners over the age of 55 with animals not neutered, the cost is $10 for one year and $25 for three years.
Pets can be licensed at the Hastings Police Department, 317 S. Burlington Ave. Owners who aren’t able to go to the station can mail in a rabies vaccination certificate and the license fee to the police department. The certificate will be mailed back with the pet license.
For information, call the police department at 461-2380.