New pet for Christmas? Here’s what you need to know

Jan 6, 2021

Did your family get a new puppy or kitten for Christmas this year? Here are some important things to remember when caring for your new pet in the City of Georgetown.

Leash your pet: Always leash your pet in public. It is against City ordinances for dogs to be at large in the city limits, and for cats that have not been altered or vaccinated to be at large. It is also against City ordinances to chain or tether your dog unless a person is holding the restraint with a few exceptions.

License your pet: All dogs and cats that live within the city limits are required to have an annual City license. The City’s pet-license requirement helps keep rabies under control by enforcing the rabies vaccination requirements. The cost of a license is $5 for animals that are spayed or neutered or $20 for unaltered animals. For residents age 65 and older, the license is free if the pet is spayed or neutered. Free licenses are limited to one per person.                                                                          

Take care after your pet: You may not allow an animal to damage private property other than the owner’s property. Pick up after your pet by immediately removing any waste on public or private property and properly disposing of it. Free-roaming cats that cause a nuisance while off their owner’s property can be impounded, and their owner can be fined.

Learn more about Georgetown’s animal-related ordinances at

About the Georgetown Animal Shelter

The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter is currently operating by appointment during its normal operating hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit

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