With more pets accidentally escaping from homes and yards as people begin to open doors and windows to let in the fresh springtime air, the Seattle Animal Shelter is taking this timely opportunity to reminding Seattle pet owners that the best insurance policy to finding and returning your pet is a Seattle pet license. To sweeten the deal, the Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free collars and leashes with pet-license purchases or renewals during April .

Seattle Municipal Code Section 9.25.050 requires that all cats, dogs, miniature goats and potbellied pigs be licensed. Failure to license or renew your pet’s license could result in a $125 citation. About 25 percent of Seattle pet owners fail to renew their licenses each year. 

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers many options for renewing or purchasing a new pet license: online (visit www.seattle.gov/animal-shelter/license/purchase-or-renew-a-license); in person at any one of the City of Seattle Neighborhood Service Centers; at a number of vet clinics, retail and pet care services; and at the shelter (2061 15th Ave. W.), Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.

 For more information about this promotion or how to obtain a Seattle pet license, call the shelter at (206) 386-4262, Wednesday through Sunday.