Our dogs are our friends and companions. They count on us for their basic needs, and that includes doing everything possible to find them when they wander away from home. One of the most basic ways to protect your pets is to license them. According to animal control officers, a license is a ticket home.
It’s also the law. A dog license is mandatory in Golden and many other parts of Jefferson County. Yet only a small portion of the population complies. There are an estimated 5,711 dogs in Golden and less than 20 percent of them are licensed. The Golden Police Department is working to change that.
As extra incentive for licensing your pet, remember that the fees go to help support the new Foothills Animal Shelter near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, the main shelter for Golden.
Registering your dog is simple. You can get a form online along with additional information about registration and fees. By helping your own pet, you will be helping secure a future for many others.
Golden offers many amenities for dogs and their people. The City operates two off-leash dog parks — one in Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex, the other in Ulysses Sports Complex. Dogs are also welcome in most of Golden’s many parks and trails with a leash.
The Jefferson County Insights videos on this page offer information about the importance of licensing your pet, and the threat of rabies in our area and what you can do to protect your animals.