The McKamey Animal Center is the official animal control agency of the city of Chattanooga.




Who needs a Chattanooga city pet license?  

  • If you live within the city limits of Chattanooga, Pet licenses are required by law for every dog and cat over the age of three (3) months.

What documentation do I need to purchase a license?  

  • The City of Chattanooga requires that a current rabies vaccination certificate along with proof of spay/neuter be provided by your veterinarian for each animal licensed.

When do I purchase a license?

  • Pet licenses must be purchased by the last day of the month in which the dog or cat receives its rabies vaccination.

How long is your license good for?

  • The license shall be effective for twelve months or until the last day of the month in which the current rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first.

What if my pet has a three-year rabies vaccination?

  • In the case of a three-year rabies vaccination, the license must be renewed yearly while the vaccination remains valid.

How much does a city pet license cost?

  • $10.00 – If your pet has been altered (spayed or neutered).  – Free for seniors… read below.
  • $50.00 – If your pet is unaltered. (Spay / Neuter Assistance is Available)

SENIORS: If you are over 65 you can license up to 3 altered pets at no charge. Proof of age required.

If your pet is found to be without a license by a McKamey Animal Services Officer, Park Ranger, or Chattanooga Police Officer you will be ticketed to city court and be responsible for court costs and fines.

PLEASE READ: Your Chattanooga City Pet License expires when your pets rabies vaccination expires. We prefer you purchase your city license within 30 days after your pet receives their rabies vaccination.  For your convenience McKamey offers rabies clinics every Wed. from 12 to 4pm where both can be obtained at the same time. When purchasing a city license, rabies vaccinations are only $10. 


  • ONLINE: The easiest way… just click the “Online City Pet License Application” link below. A $1 mailing fee will be charged.

 >>>> Online City Pet License Application (Upload of Current Rabies Certificate Required)

  • MAIL / FAX: Download and print the “Fill In & Print” form below, fill it out completely and MAIL OR FAX with a copy of your pet’s current rabies certificate, proof of spay/neuter and payment. A $1 mailing fee will be charged.
  • Mail to: Attn: Kelly Edly – McKamey Animal Center – 4500 North Access Rd – Chattanooga, TN 37415
  • Fax to: 423-305-6505 – Attn: Kelly Edly

>>>> Chattanooga City Pet License Application – FILL IN & PRINT

  • IN PERSON: For faster processing and to save a dollar, please bring all of the above listed paperwork into our Center. Come to the Admissions entrance.
 NOTE: When purchasing/receiving a city license through the mail a $1.00 postage & handling fee must be added. 


  • Your city pet license allows your pet to be identified so that our Officers can bring him/her back to your home the first time he/she is lost.  If your pet is impounded by an Officer without a city license you could be subject to additional fees for impounding, boarding and vaccinations. We want your pet safely home with you.  Please take the time to identify your pet, and purchase your city license so we can bring your him/her back to you! Many lost pets are injured or in danger of being hit by cars on the busy streets of our city. No one ever expects to lose their pets, and even the most devoted pet can be scared by fireworks or slip out an open door.

It’s not just responsible pet ownership, it’s a law they can LIVE with.

** There is often confusion with members of the public thinking that the RABIES TAG that your veterinarian provides your vaccinated pet with is your city license.  If you live within the city limits of Chattanooga, and your pet is not wearing one of the license tags pictured above, you are not in compliance with the current city ordinances.