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Attention Flathead County Pet Owners!

Flathead County Animal Shelter to Host Rabies Vaccination Clinic

In conjunction with World Rabies Day the Flathead County Animal Shelter and the Flathead City/County Health Department will host a rabies vaccination clinic on Saturday, September 29, from 10 AM until 2 PM.  The event will be held in the parking lot of the Earl Bennett Building at 1035 First Avenue West in Kalispell.  Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs will be available for $15.00 each and the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force will be on hand to assist with the vaccination effort.  For an added bonus to Flathead County residents, each unlicensed dog vaccinated at the clinic will be registered with the County for free and receive a dog license good for one year.  As a reminder to all Flathead County dog owners, all dogs over four months of age need a county dog license and county licenses can only be purchased from the Flathead County Animal Shelter!

According to Flathead County Ordinances, Amended Ordinance No. 3, Animal Control, Section 3:


A. License.  It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor, or maintain any dog over four (4) months of age in Flathead County, unless such dog is duly licensed or deemed exempt as herein provided. Licenses shall be issued by the Flathead County Animal Control Center, or obtained at a participating veterinarian’s office.

Before a dog license is issued, the owner of such dog must present a certificate from a veterinarian stating that such dog has received a rabies vaccination. The certificate must show that the rabies vaccination is current. Licenses shall not be issued to any person under eighteen (18) years of age unless a parent or guardian signs the application as co-owner.

If during the license period the dog is sold, or title to said dog is otherwise transferred to a new owner, such new owner may apply to the Flathead County Animal Control Center for a transfer of such dog’s tag and license. The fee for such transfer shall be one dollar ($1.00). Upon such receipt of such fee, a tag shall be issued.

No refund shall be made on any dog license.

B. Tags.  The Animal Control Center shall issue to the owner a tag imprinted with the license number. Such tag shall be worn on a collar. It shall be lawful to remove the collar only when the dog is under the immediate control of its owner or authorized agent.

In the event any tag is lost or destroyed, a duplicate may be obtained from the Flathead County Animal Control Center upon submission of such proof as may be required and upon payment of the sum of one dollar ($1.00).

It shall be unlawful for any owner or any other person to use a tag on any dog other than the one for which it was issued.