Riverside County is offering its own amnesty program. The county’s Animal Services Department has lifted penalties for currently unlicensed dogs.

Before Feb. 29, if dog owners purchase a license or renew one that has expired, no penalties or late fees will be imposed. The normal late fee is $25.

The amnesty program is offered to any dog owner with an altered pet and a current rabies certificate in unincorporated Riverside County.

Riverside County Animal Services launched similar amnesty programs in 2009 and early January 2011 that were well received by the public, said Director Robert Miller in a press release.

To qualify for the amnesty program, dog owners must not have any current citations by Riverside County Animal Services. Also, dog owners cannot be currently in the county system for any previously arranged payment plan.

Licenses can be bought at any of Animal Services’ four shelter locations: Blythe Animal Shelter (245 S. Carlton Ave., Blythe, 92225), the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter (6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, 92509) or the Coachella Valley Animal Campus (72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, 92276). County licenses can also be purchased at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus (581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto, 92582) – but only on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Riverside County License Fees
Number of years
One Two Three
Altered Dog: $16 $25 $35
Unaltered Dog: $100 $175 $225
For Seniors (Age 60 and older): $10 $15 $20
Late fees: $25 ($15 for seniors)