Holmes dog tags on sale Dec. 1

Holmes dog tags on sale Dec. 1

Holmes County dog warden Jonathan Beam, left, and Holmes County auditor Jackie McKee are shown here with Vex, who is currently available for adoption and ready for her 2022 dog tag. Tags will go on sale from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31.


Holmes County auditor Jackie McKee said a license is a lost dog’s ticket home, it is the law and dogs are required to wear their current license.

The annual dog registration, required by the State of Ohio, will begin Dec. 1 and run through the end of January. It is a service designed to benefit the animal, its owner and the community. The license tag has an assigned identification number that identifies the owner should the dog become lost or separated.

Ohio law (955.01 ORC) maintains all dogs more than 3 months of age be licensed each year no later than Jan. 31. The fee is $15 per dog, and after the Jan. 31 deadline, the fee is $30 per dog. You must be 18 or older to apply for a dog license.

If you have not licensed your dog in the past, there is no penalty to license your pet for the new year. If you already license your dog, a new license form will be mailed by Dec. 1, along with a stamped return envelope for your convenience.

Many options for purchasing 2022 dog licenses are offered including a stamped envelope for purchase by mail. Return the entire application in the provided stamped envelope with the proper fee, and the auditor’s office will mail your tags back to you. Licenses also may be purchased online. For additional information visit the dog license website at holmescountydoglicense.com.

Licenses may be purchased at the auditor’s office, 75 E. Clinton in Millersburg, or at the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department, 5387 County Road 349, Millersburg. Both of these locations can accept debit/credit card payments. There are many satellite locations throughout the county that also will sell 2022 licenses. Bring your license form with you when purchasing your new tag. Multi-year dog tags are available in addition to the annual tag option. Three-year and lifetime dog tags are available for purchase at the Holmes County Auditor’s Office only.

A kennel license is available at a fee of $75 for owners engaged in the business of breeding dogs for sale. A tag must be purchased for each dog in a kennel that is over the age of 3 months. The kennel license will be sold with five tags; additional tags will be $1 per tag. A kennel license can only be purchased at the auditor’s office or at the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department. Large-volume breeders must purchase a license through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the tags through the auditor’s office.

“When you consider how much pet owners invest to keep their pets healthy, happy and safe, the license fee is a small price to pay for another year’s peace of mind,” McKee said.

All license revenue goes toward the operation of the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department & Adoption Center. The department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dog agents for 2022 tag sales in Holmes County include Holmes County Auditor’s Office, Millersburg; Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department, Millersburg; Becks Mills General Store, Becks Mills; Kauffman’s Country Market, Holmesville; Farmerstown General Store, Farmerstown; Garver’s Service Station Inc., Killbuck; Buckeye Deli, Nashville; Mt. Hope Hardware, Mt. Hope; Orme Hardware of Berlin, Berlin; E & H Hardware, Millersburg; Wolfcreek Veterinary Clinic, Millersburg; Keim, Charm; Whitmer’s Store, Winesburg; and East Holmes Vet Clinic, Berlin.

Agents may collect an administrative fee of 75 cents per dog in addition to the license fee.

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