If you haven't had the time to renew Fido's license yet because of a busy work schedule, Saturday afternoon is your chance for one-stop shopping at the Payson Town Hall parking lot.
Pet Tag Day, sponsored by the town's animal control department, runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and offers pet owners the convenience of renewing their pet's license during weekend hours. The department is operating the tag day in conjunction with the Gila County Rabies Control Department and the Payson Humane Society.
"By state law, every dog four months or older --whether in the town or county -- must be licensed," said Animal Control Officer Bonnie Seim. For pet owners who aren't sure if their pooch is licensed, staff will be on hand with the most current records.
"To get your tag, pet owners must have a current rabies vaccination certificate," Seim said. "Rabies shots will not be available at this event."
Licenses will be sold for $7 for spayed or neutered pets, and $15 unaltered if you live outside of Payson. Tags for pet owners within town limits is $3 for spayed or neutered animals, and $7 for unaltered. Pet owners can also pay several years at one time, until the expiration of the pet's current rabies shot.
Seim has added some incentive to get dog owners to the town hall parking lot Saturday.
"For every dog tag that is sold, the pet owner will get a free leash for their dog," Seim said. "We'll also have cat collars available, that we'll give out free with the purchase of a cat identification tag."
For every license sold, the pet owner will receive a raffle ticket making them eligible for door prizes. Seim was still working on donations for the door prizes. The ticket holders don't have to be present to win.
Pet owners can also take advantage of a free leash training session by Cathy Havens.
The Pet Tag Day also gives the public a chance to meet and mingle with the members of the Payson Humane Society's board of directors, who will be on hand to sell tags, answer questions, and to help people select one of the many dogs and cats available for adoption. Many of the society's Pet Pals will also be present.
For more information about the Pet Tag Day, or to find out in advance if your pet's license has expired, contact Seim at the Payson Police Department, 474-5177.