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Yamhill County Dog Control's licensing and redemption services relocated to better serve you!

(Posted December 1, 2020)

Licensing and Redemption Services for Yamhill County Dog Control, through Homeward Bound Pets, has relocated to the Homeward Bound Spay and Neuter Clinic in downtown McMinnville to better serve you! Effective December 1, 2020, the physical location for Licensing and Redemption Services is 723 NE Evans Street in McMinnville.

Homeward Bound Pets is open for licensing Monday through Thursday from 8:30-3:30 (closed for lunch from 1:00-1:30). Redemptions will be by appointment only, Monday through Friday.

Yamhill County Dog Control's licensing and redemption services moved to Homeward Bound Pets

(Posted June 16, 2020)

After extensive work with non-profit shelter Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society, County Counsel, and the Yamhill County Commissioners, Sheriff Tim Svenson is proud to announce that dog licensing and redemption will be contracted to Homeward Bound Pets as of June 16th. This transfer of services will speed up owner notification and give the public timelier access to redemption of found or impounded county dogs. It will also add more convenience to licensing for all Yamhill County residents.

“We are extremely excited to expand this partnership with Homeward Bound Pets.” said Sheriff Svenson. “They have done an outstanding job with the kenneling of our dogs and their staff is top notch. We are very confident this will be a long and fruitful relationship resulting in increased efficiency and access for our citizens.”

Homeward Bound Pets has dedicated staff for licensing, redemptions, and kenneling and are utilizing a new software system purchased by the county. All Yamhill County residents can license their dogs at Homeward Bound Pets Humane Society's main office located at 10601 SE Loop Road, across from the McMinnville Airport.

The West Valley Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan and the Newberg Veterinary Hospital in Newberg will continue to provide licensing for county wide convenience.

Homeward Bound Pets is open for licensing Tuesday through Friday from 8:30-4:30 (closed for lunch from 1:00-1:30) and Saturdays from 8:30-12:30. Redemptions will be by appointment only.

Homeward Bound Pets provides licensing in person, via mail, and over the phone. They can be contacted at 503-472-0341 extension 4. Email contact can be accomplished using the address Correspondence for licensing via U.S. Mail can be done by mailing documents to:

Homeward Bound Pets Dog Licensing
P.O. Box 1676
McMinnville, OR 97128

In addition, citizens can utilize Homeward Bound Pet’s drop box located at their Spay and Neuter Clinic at 723 NE Evans Street in McMinnville.

State Licensing Law (ORS 433.340-390) states that all dogs, regardless of size or living situation, are required to be licensed. This law is enforced under Yamhill County Dog Control Licensing Ordinance 692, Section 5.

When to License Your Dog

  1. Puppies with their permanent canine teeth (fangs) or 6 months of age.
  2. If you acquire a dog aged 6 months or older, you have 30 days to get it licensed in your name.
  3. If a dog resides on your property for more than 30 days out of the year, it is your responsibility to make sure the dog is licensed in Yamhill County.
  4. You have 30 days to license your dog when you move into Yamhill County. A valid license from another county in Oregon can be transferred to Yamhill County for $2.00 and will expire on the original expiration date.

Where to License Your Dog

  1. At Yamhill County Dog Control, now located at Homeward Bound Pets, 10601 SE Loop Road, McMinnville, OR 97128, across from McMinnville Airport.
  2. By mail to Homeward Bound Pets Dog Licensing, P.O. Box 1676, McMinnville, OR 97128.
  3. By phone 503-472-0341 ext. 4 (rabies certificate must be sent prior to calling)
  4. If you have not received a citation or written warning, you may license at either remote licenser location. Please note that paperwork is only picked up from remote licenser locations once a month. Please add 45 days turnaround for dogs licensed at a remote location.
West Valley Veterinary Hospital
711 W Main St
Sheridan, OR 97378
Ph: 503-843-4011
Newberg Veterinary Hospital
3716 E Portland Road
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Ph: 503-538-8303

How to License Your Dog

  • If your dog is new to Yamhill County, please complete a New Dog Registration Form and submit this form, along with your proof of rabies and payment, to the address on the form.
  • A valid Rabies Certificate is required for licensing.
  • See below for pricing options based upon rabies expiration.
  • Please note that a license cannot exceed your rabies expiration date and multiple year licensing is optional, not required.
  • To receive a discount for a spayed or neutered dog, you must have written proof from your veterinarian.

License Fees

  Rabies Expires in***
  1 Year 2 Years 3 Years
All Fertile Dogs $35.00 $70.00 $105.00
Spayed/Neutered Dogs $20.00 $38.00 $55.00
Senior Fees (65-74)* $10.00 $18.00 $26.00
Super Senior Fees (75+)** $4.00 $6.00 $10.00
*1 dog per senior; dog must be altered to qualify for senior rate; proof of owner’s DOB is required
**1 dog per super senior; dog must be altered to qualify for super senior rate; proof of owner’s DOB is required
***Licenses may not extend past the rabies certificate expiration date.

Yamhill County Dog Control is a 100% self-funded operation. It is not only our goal to have all dogs in the County licensed, it is required by State Law.

Licensing your pet has many benefits to our community:

  • A license tag will get your pet home in the event he/she gets lost.
  • In the case of dog bites, we are immediately able to verify the rabies vaccination status of any dog licensed in the County.
  • If there is an emergency with your pet, a license tag will allow us to make immediate contact regarding medical attention.

Failure to license may result in a citation or fine as outlined in Ordinance 692.14.In addition to a citation/fine, owners are responsible for paying a late fee, as outlined in Ordinance 771: If a citation has been issued, the Late License Fee is double the yearly license fee + the appropriate license fee.

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