To apply for a dog license online, go to www.PAdogLicense.com. There is a $2.00 service fee per license if obtained online. Dog licenses can also be obtained locally in two places:
- At the Chester County Treasurer’s office, 313 West Market Street, Suite 3202, West Chester, PA 19382. The proper fee must be included (for fee information, see the Chester County website by clicking here) and a check made payable to the Chester County Treasurer if an application is mailed to the Treasurer’s office. Phone 610-344-6370 or visit http://www.chesco.org/1112/PA-Dog-Licenses\
- At Dawg Day Afternoon, 1571 Horseshoe Pike, Glenmoore, PA 19343. Phone 610-942-4451.
For a summary of the Pennsylvania Dog Laws, click here.
The Dog Warden is an officer of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Office who enforces the state’s dog laws to ensure the safety of all canines. Responsibilities include:
– Enforcement of licensing and rabies laws.
– Seizing and detaining any dog viewed running at large without its owner.
– Investigating dog bites and establishing and enforcing quarantine of dogs.
– Enforcing kennel licensing and regulations through at least two inspections of every licensed kennel each year.
– Prosecuting dog law violations in court.
– Providing educational services about dog ownership.
Chester County’s Dog Warden: Maureen Siddons, 610-909-5666
Dogs and cats three months or older must have a current rabies vaccination. Owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.
Licensed veterinarians can vaccinate and provide a vaccination certificate. Click here for more information about rabies.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Brandywine (formerly Chester County) Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA): 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Phone: 610-692-6113.
Click here to read about the Community Cat Program.
Honey Brook Township has a full-service contract with the SPCA through 2018.
Large Animal Protection Society
LAPS covers both Lancaster and Chester Counties: 610-869-9880.
Wildlife management is neither a Township nor an SPCA function. Taking exclusionary steps to deter wildlife from being attracted to your residence or neighborhood is the best solution. Consult the Pennsylvania Game Commission website for more information on nuisance wildlife or contact the local PA Game Commission Office:
253 Snyder Road
Reading, PA 19605
610-926-3136 or 610-926-3137
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Any decision to remove wildlife by means of a wildlife pest control expert is at the discretion and expense of the individual.
Last update: December 21, 2016.