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April 14th through April 20th is National Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week!
Click here to learn more about the dedicated enforcement officers serving our community. 


The DeKalb County Animal Services shelter remains open with enhanced safety protocols for our teams and visitors. DeKalb County Animal Services Officers will continue to respond to calls for service. For more information about the outbreak, including how you can support animals recovering in our care, please visit our FAQ page.

The DeKalb County Animal Shelter is out of housing space. We’re asking our community for help with stray pets so we can focus on emergency and critical situations. Animals in need will not and should not be abandoned. If you have found a healthy pet, please fill out a Found Pet Report.
If you need other assistance, please email pethelp@dekalbanimalservices.com.
Response time is delayed due to incredibly high volumes of animals and people in need of assistance.

Adopt a pet in July and choose your pet’s adoption fee! Our shelters are full of incredible pets waiting for homes, and to them, your love is priceless!
Click here to explore all our adoptable pets.

Residents in the area of Luxuria Court in Tucker should be aware that a RACCOON exposed to a family pet was captured on March 12, 2024. Test results later revealed the raccoon to be POSITIVE for RABIES.

Pet Registration

All DeKalb County pet owners must register their pets as required by the law. Doing so not only ensures that Animal Enforcement Officers can contact you if your pet is lost, but the license fee also helps cover the cost of caring for homeless and injured pets in the county shelter. Pet owners whose pets aren’t registered may receive a citation and have to go to court.

If you have found a pet in DeKalb County with a registered rabies tag, look up the rabies tag owner’s information online and help reunite that pet with their family.

If the tag isn’t registered, please visit our Found a Pet page for tips on what to do next before bringing an owned pet to the shelter.

How to Register
By Mail

Print and fill out this Pet Registration Form. Along with the completed form, include the correct registration fee amount and a copy of your pet’s rabies vaccination certificate and mail to: DeKalb County Animal Licensing, c/o PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014.


Visit PetData.com and follow the instructions provided.

In Person

Visit DeKalb County Animal Services during regular business hours to purchase your pet’s license. See our hours on our Contact page.

Customer Service

Pet licensing is handled through a third party. Visit PetData’s customer service assistance page or call 1.877.835.6788.

Pet Registration Fees

A 3-year pet license requires a 3-year rabies vaccination. There is a $10 late fee if your license is more than 60 days overdue. Registration of a classified dangerous or vicious animal is $250.

When you license your pet, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation to support LifeLine’s lifesaving efforts in DeKalb County!


Even with proper registration and an ID tag, pets can go missing. Taking swift action can help you find your pet. Start your search as soon as you discover that your pet has gone missing. 


Save money by visiting one of LifeLine’s affordable veterinary care clinics to have your pet spayed or neutered, to get your pet’s vaccines and more! Make an appointment today.

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