Pet Licensing Outreach Underway Door-to-Door
Apr 3, 2019 - Starting on April 6, canvassers with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), in coordination with the City of Mercer Island, will go door-to-door in neighborhoods at the south end of the Island to educate residents about pet licenses. The City contracts with King County to provide animal services, and pet licensing pays for the program.
Canvassing has proven an effective method for educating residents about the benefits and requirements of pet licensing, and was last conducted here in the summer of 2018 in neighborhoods south of SE 40th Street. The canvassers will not issue citations, but will provide free temporary licenses for unlicensed pets, allowing pet owners up to 30 days to pay for a license. Pet owners can mail their license payments to King County, license online, or pay in person at City Hall, or Island QFC stores.
Benefits of pet licensing include:
- Reuniting owners with lost pets
- Providing licensed pets a free ride home the first time they get lost
- Saving lives by funding King County's pet adoption centers
- Investigating of animal cruelty or neglect
- Responding to reports of dangerous or nuisance animals
Canvassers, identifiable by their County logo bright blue shirts, name badges and business cards, are trained to follow strict guidelines regarding conduct and attire. As a regulatory service, they are not required to obtain City soliciting licenses, but will observe the soliciting ordinance hours, and also not contact residences that have "No Soliciting" signs posted. Visits will be conducted as follows: Saturdays – 10:00am-7:00pm; Sundays – 1:00pm to 7:30pm; occasional weekdays from 4:30 to 8:30pm.
When residents are not home, staff will leave a "72-hour Notice" door hanger for those they believe have pets, or a "Sorry We Missed You" door hanger for citizens they do not believe have pets. Currently the City of Mercer Island requires that all dogs in the City must be licensed.
Major concerns or issues should be directed to MIPD Commander Jokinen at (206)-275-7914.