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Yamhill County Dog Control's Beginning Transition to Renewal Notices via Email

(Posted July 7, 2021)

Interested in reducing the amount of paper mail you receive? Interested in license renewal notices via email rather than a postcard through USPS? We are too! As we begin the process to transition to email renewal notices, we want to make sure we have all your current information correct. Dog Owner Information Update is a one-time update process that allows dog owners confirm their contact information and “opt in” for email renewal notices. To register for the program, dog owners will need their Owner ID, which can be found on your Renewal Notice or Proof of License document.
Update your information by going to Dog Owner Information Update Form

Continue watching this space for information on implementation of email notices!

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). Please call 503-472-0341 ext 4 when you arrive, as we have limits on how many people can be in our lobby.

Redemptions will be by appointment only, Monday through Friday.

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 [email protected]. 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. Newberg Veterinary Hospital in Newberg will continue to provide licensing for county wide convenience; West Valley Vet Hospital in Sheridan is no longer serving as a licensing location.

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 Spay and Neuter Clinic, 723 NE Evans, McMinnville, OR 97128.
  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 our remote licenser location, Newberg Veterinary Hospital, 3716 E Portland Road, Newberg, Oregon 97132  Please note that paperwork is only picked up from remote licenser location once a month. Please add 45 days turnaround for dogs licensed at a remote location.

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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