Apple Valley Reduces Unaltered Dog Licensing Fees

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Apple Valley residents can license unaltered dogs at a reduced rate thanks to sponsorships from local veterinarians and the action of the Town Council.

“Ultimately, this insures that as many as 1,000 dogs and cats get their rabies shot and have an increased chance of being returned to their owner if they are lost,” said Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton, who thanked two local veterinarians for offering reduced spay and neuter rates to lower the licensing fees.

Until now, the cost of licensing a dog that had not been spayed or neutered was $75. Tuesday’s council action reduces that fee to $65 per dog and establishes a $35 licensing fee for unaltered cats. Both fees include a free rabies vaccination and permanent microchip identification.

Animal Services Manager Gina Schwin-Whiteside explained the new pricing will be offered to the first 500 cats and 500 dogs to be licensed.

“The program would not have been possible if it were not for the generosity of Dr. Cliff Jessen at Apple Valley Animal Hospital and Dr. Jaime Velasco of Bear Valley Animal Hospital,” said Schwin-Whiteside. “These community partners have consistently made a positive impact in the lives of Apple Valley pets for many years and we appreciate their support.”

The Town of Apple Valley Animal Shelter is located at 22131 Powhatan Road in Apple Valley. Contact the Animal Shelter for details at (760) 240-7000 x7555 or

For more information on additional Community Partnerships for any Apple Valley program, contact Marketing and Public Affairs Officer Kathie Martin at (760) 240-7000 ext. 7070.

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