Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many animals can one home owner have?

  • Is the rabies shot considered a license?

  • I know my dog is required to be vaccinated for rabies, but what about my cat? She never goes outside. Does she really need a rabies vaccine?

  • How do I get my dog licensed each year, as required by law?

  • What can be done about my neighbor feeding stray cats in our neighborhood?



Answers

  • How many animals can one home owner have?
    There is not a limit on how many pets one household can have, however all animals in the city limits of Mobile must be vaccinated against rabies. In addition all dogs over 3 months must have a city license which is obtained at the Animal Shelter with a proof of rabies receipt from your veterinarian (this is not the same as the rabies tag).

  • Is the rabies shot considered a license?
    No, rabies shots are administered by a licensed veterinarian and are required by law by The State of Alabama for dogs and cats. The City license is required by the City of Mobile for any dog over the age of 3 months that reside within the City limits.

  • I know my dog is required to be vaccinated for rabies, but what about my cat? She never goes outside. Does she really need a rabies vaccine?
    According to Alabama state law, all dogs and cats over the age of 3 months MUST be vaccinated against rabies. This is done as a precautionary measure for human safety. The rabies virus is a fatal disease. Even indoor cats can be exposed to rabies if a bat or small rodent invades your home and is killed by "Fluffy". It's better to be safe and keep your pets healthy. Remember that all pet ferrets must be vaccinated as well.

  • How do I get my dog licensed each year, as required by law?
    Simply bring a copy of your dog's current rabies certificate to the City of Mobile Animal Shelter located at 855 Owens Street.. The cost is usually very low, but will be more expensive if your dog is not spayed or neutered. Most cities and towns do charge more to license an unsterilized dog. Unsterilized dogs are more likely to roam, bite people, fight with other animals, reproduce, etc. All of these factors increase the cost of animal control programs.

  • What can be done about my neighbor feeding stray cats in our neighborhood?
    When you feed an animal that is stray or without a home you are claiming ownership to that animal. With that said you must obtain a rabies vaccination for ALL animals that you own. If it is a stray dog you must obtain a rabies vaccination and a City license. Animal Control can go to the residence and speak to the home owner and advise them of the ordinances that are in place.