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Dog Licenses
Dog Licenses
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2017 Dog Licenses are available starting December 1, 2016

Dog Licenses

Licenses are issued in the Town Clerks office and are valid from January 1st to December 31st of each year. The dog license is good for one calendar year and will need to be renewed each year. A $5.00 late fee is charged beginning February 1st for every dog not licensed, in addition to the licensing fee.

License Type
Licensing Fee
Spayed Female
Neutered Male
Kennel (5 or more dogs)

Proof of rabies expiration date and whether the dog has been spayed or neutered must be presented at the time of license issue. The rabies tag will not have the expiration date on it. Please bring or mail a copy of the rabies certificate from your vet when you license your dog.

License request forms may be downloaded at the top of the page or obtained through the mail. A certificate of spaying or neutering, a current rabies shot record,  along with a check payable to the Town of Dennis, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope is required. Payments can be made online for dogs that have already been licensed in Dennis, using UniPay for an aditional fee of $1.50 shipping and handling.

Please be sure your dog wears his or her Dennis dog license on their collar. It could be their only ticket home should your dog get lost!

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Service

The Animal Rescue League of Boston regularly offers affordable spay/neuter services for dogs and cats. These clinics are often held locally. For more information on this service please call 1-877-590-7729 or visit their website.

Top Dog of Dennis

The Town of Dennis held their first annual Top Dog of Dennis Photo Contest in 2012 and will run the contest annually. The contest was open to any Dennis resident who owns a dog. The winning dog received the #1 dog license tag free of charge, their photo on the Town's website and a certificate naming them the top dog. The winning dog owners will also be eligible for a free Massachusetts Animal Friendly License plate. For more information as to how to enter the contest please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-760-6112

Top Dog of Dennis Photo Contest  

The winning dog will receive their #1 dog tag free of charge, his/her photo on the Town of Dennis Website and a certificate naming him/her the Top Dog of Dennis. The winning dog owner's family will also be eligible for a free Massachusetts Animal Friendly License plate. 

The Winner for 2017 is "Kya"

Directions to Enter

  • To enter please submit a current photo of your dog with the dog's name, owner's name, address and telephone number on the back.  
  • Updated rabies information from your veterinarian - Dog must be up to date to enter!
  • A check for the new license made payable to the Town of Dennis ($5 for Spayed/Neutered dogs and $20 for unaltered males and females).  
  • The mail-in Dog License form with completed information  
  • Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  
  • Mail all entries to the Town Clerk, P.O. Box 2060, South Dennis, MA 02660
All runners up will have their tag and photo mailed back to them. The winner will also get their payment back for the 2017 tag.

Photographs will be accepted through the month of October 2016. Voting will take place at the Town Clerk's Office during the first two weeks of November. All Dennis residents are welcome to vote excluding Town of Dennis employees.
All Dog owners must have their 2017 license by January 31, 2017. A $5.00 late fee will be assessed per dog after that date.

Important Dog Laws

The Town of Dennis has a Pooper Scooper bylaw requiring owners and keepers of dogs to pick up solid waste and dispose of it properly.

All dogs in the town of Dennis are required to be leashed or under the immediate voice control of a responsible owner or keeper. The fines for violations of these bylaws range from a written warning to $100.00. Please be respectful of others and follow the rules.

Animals are not allowed on the public beaches and parking lots any time during the day or evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Failure to keep dogs off the public beaches and beach parking lots could result in a $50.00 citation for each violation.

Important Phone Numbers

Dennis Animal Control .......................................... 774-352-1400

Animal Rescue League of Brewster ..................... 508-255-1030

ARL Spay/Neuter Services ..................................  877-590-SPAY

MSPCA ................................................................... 508-775-0940

NE Society For Abandoned Animals .....................  508-771-7800

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists............................ 508-398-7575
                                                (after hours emergency care)

For more information regarding Dogs or our Animal Control Department click here.

Town of Dennis  Dog Friendly Walking Areas

The Town of Dennis has a Pooper Scooper bylaw requiring owners & keepers of dogs to pick up solid waste and dispose of it properly, and a Leash and Restraint bylaw pertaining to dogs. All dogs are required to be leashed or under immediate voice control of a responsible owner or keeper. There are fines for violations of these bylaws ranging from a written warning to $100.00, so please be respectful of other walkers and follow the rules. The beach areas may be closed seasonally due to protected shorebird nesting and reopen after the babies have fledged and left their nests. Thank you for not allowing your dogs to disturb the nesting sites, which are protected by law.

Dennis Public Beaches:  Animals/Dogs/Pets are not allowed on any Town Beaches or in Parking Areas, ANYTIME the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, This carries a penalty of a $50.00 fine for each violation. Animal Control and Natural Resources officers are on patrol during the summer evenings when animals are prohibited from beach activity.  Responsible owners are welcome to visit beaches with their dogs the rest of the year, as long as the dogs remain leashed, restrained, or under voice control. Owners are still required to clean up after their dog’s waste, and cautioned against allowing their pets to harass the protected shore birds during nesting seasons in the summer and fall months.

Fresh Pond Dog Park: This lovely new addition to our dog-friendly recreational areas boasts two fenced enclosures, a fresh water swimming area for dogs, and a walking trail through the woods. The dog park is conveniently located on Rte. 134 South, between traffic lights at Upper County Rd. and the traffic lights at Rte. 28.

Chapin Beach Conservation Area: Although Chapin public beach prohibits dogs during the summer season, dog owners may follow the 4 wheel drive tracks to the left of the public beach and walk the conservation area of the beach and sand flats year round. Dogs must be on leash at all times.  Beach parking sticker required during summer beach hours. Directions to Chapin beach: Take Rte. 6A Dennis to New Boston Rd. (stay to the left of the playground); take a right onto Beach St., a left onto Black Flats Rd., and a left onto Dr. Bottero Rd.

Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area and Beach: Crowe’s Pasture is full of beautiful dirt roads to walk, scrub oak woods, meadows, and marsh land for viewing of our local wildlife and birds.  Be careful to watch for occasional approaching 4 wheel drive vehicles, with the beach itself at the end of the mile long road.  The dirt road is deeply rutted and rough for passenger cars, so you should opt instead to park at the beginning of the road near the cemetery and enjoy the lovely walk. Dogs must be on leash at all times. Directions to Crowe’s Pasture: Take Rte. 6A in East Dennis to School St. (across from Airline Rd, just before the Brewster Town Line), the first right onto South St., and go straight through the stop sign, the cemetery is on the right.

Indian Lands Conservation Area: This area has a dirt road, power lines, and woods path leading through hundreds of endangered Ladyslipper flowers in spring, beside Bass River for great views of the river and marsh with lots of squirrels to chase!  Please stay on the marked paths as there is private land to the left of the power lines. Indian Lands is located at 485 Main St. South Dennis, next to Dennis Town Hall.  Parking is located at the far right end of the lot, next to the cemetery.

The Cape Cod Rail Trail: This extensive trail is a former railroad bed that begins in Dennis and stretches through several Cape towns.  The tarred trail is straight and level, and has dirt sides for horseback riding, hikers, and dog walkers, which provides easy walking for the dog owner who may have difficulty getting around on other wooded paths (including elderly or disabled people and dogs that still enjoy an outing).  Beware of approaching bicyclists and other walkers as this is an area with frequent foot traffic. It is highly recommended that dogs be kept on leash to avoid accidental encounters with cyclists, pedestrians, other dogs, or horseback riders.  
Directions from Rte. 6: Take Exit 9A (Rte. 134 South) and drive straight through 2 traffic lights, the Rail Trail is on the left, across from Hall Oil Co or from Old Bass River Road next to the Old Town Hall Parking lot.

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Town of Dennis, Massachusetts
685 Route 134
South Dennis, MA 02660
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