Animal Care and Control

Boston's Animal Care and Control unit offers a variety of services to Boston residents. Its mission is to provide responsive, efficient animal control services, to provide a high quality of animal care and to promote responsible pet ownership. Its officers travel over 100,000 miles each year in Boston to fulfill its public safety and service mission.

Apply for a Dog License Online!

Now applying for a Dog License is easier than ever! The City of Boston Animal Care & Control Office is now offering online applications for Dog Licenses to register or renew a tag for 2014.

Apply Now!

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    2014 Dog Licensing & Low Cost Rabies Vaccine Clinics

    It's that time of year again! The 2014 Schedule of area low-cost rabies vaccine clinics as well as dog licensing information is now available.

    2014 Clinic Flyer »

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    Bats and Rabies Fact Sheet from the Boston Public Health Commission

    Learn the facts about rabies, how the disease relates to bats, how to bat-proof your house, and more from the Boston Public Health Commission.

    Rabies and Bats Fact Sheet »

Videos & Multimedia »


  • Return of the Swans
    Mayor Menino hosted the "Return of the Swans" to the Public Garden Lagoon. A parade began at the corner of Charles/Beacon Streets and the swans Romeo and Juliet were released from their enclosed carts onto the shore adjacent to the Swan BoatsWatch Video »
  • Tails of Boston - Hawks
    Guest: Marla Issac, HerpetologistWatch Video »
  • Tails of Boston - Happy Endings Part 2
    Guest: Dr. MotamedWatch Video »
  • Tails of Boston - Puppy Mills
    Guest: Representative from the Human Society of United StatesWatch Video »
  • Tails of Boston - Holiday Pet Safety Tips
    Guest: Dr. MotamedWatch Video »

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