Why do I have to register my dog?

State of New Hampshire law requires that all owners of dogs four months and older shall annually be registered, numbered, described and licensed in the Town in which the dog is kept. Regardless of when the license is obtained, the license is valid from May 1 of each year to the following April 30.

In accordance with State law, owners must present a valid rabies certificate and, if applicable, a neuter/spay certificate. Veterinarians are required by State law to notify the Town Clerk when a rabies vaccination is issued. When this occurs, our office will send you a notice to license your dog if your dog is not already licensed with us.

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1. Why do I have to register my dog?
2. What are the fees for licensing my dog?
3. How do I license a dog that is new to me?
4. What happens if I don’t license my dog?
5. What do I do if I no longer own my dog?