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Reminder to Get Dog and Cat Licenses

Get your pet license by March 31 to avoid a $15 late fee.

The Gloucester Township Clerk's Office is currently issuing new and renewal dog and cat licenses.

To avoid a $15 late fee, you must get your pet license by March 31.

March 31 falls on a Sunday this year, so, with township offices only open Monday through Thursday, you will need to get your pet licensed by the end of business on Thursday, March 28, to avoid the late fee.

Licenses will only be granted to those pet owners who provide proof of current rabies vaccinations for their pets.

The cost to license a spayed or neutered pet is $21. The cost for an intact animal is $24.

The Clerk's Office is open for in-person pet licensing Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also apply for a pet license by mail by sending a check made out to "Township of Gloucester" to:

Township of Gloucester - Dog Licensing
PO Box 8
Blackwood, NJ, 08012

Charles February 22, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Considering the very high cost of licensing a spayed or neutered pet, I'm curious as to the distribution of the funds received. Who really gets this windfall?
Paul J. DiBartolo February 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
At least we don't have to register our parakeets...yet! Here's how I was made to understand this kind of thing...whenever the State thinks it needs more money, one scheme is to make something illegal and then require a special caveat to do what the State just made illegal...for a fee, of course; otherwise known as a license. So, it is essentially illegal to own a dog or a cat in GT. Don't believe me? Go buy one and refuse to register it and see what happens. Crooks, one and all.
EaglesFan856 February 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
How many towns do this? I never heard of it being mandatory before.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM
$15 dollar late fee if you fail to register before the deadline. Can we expect to go to tax sale after that. PATHETIC!
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Charles I'm not sure but it seems you may be misinformed. I have a cat and a dog both spay and muttering’s were completed after 2 years old to make sure they were successfully done with no harm to my pets. The cat cost me $35 to spay at the Voorhees, County shelter. I used to live in Berlin. I dropped off in the morning and picked up same day. My license cost me $24 prior to Spay and $21 the next year after. So the cost to do the procedure was not excessive and the license actually reduced after Spay. On the other hand my dog was done here at the Camden, County shelter for $65 he is a big dog much bigger then my cat and I attribute the fee difference to that, as he weights 100+ pounds. He used to also cost $24 to license prior to being neutered and when I just relicensed him he was $21. So I am not sure why you think getting a discount on the licensure is excessive and the fee for the procedure certainly was not either. I also see others that have a problem with the late fee and maybe it’s just me because I don't try and pay my bills late but one can only say if you know about the late fee and take exception to it, maybe you should not pay your bills late. I know it’s a new concept but unfortunately of the people that pay late, a high majority of them are not because of financial hardships, the majority are because of laziness or oversight and forgetfulness. Some may be for hardships, but most municipalities forgive the fees for a real financial hardship.
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Obviously the word Muttering's should have said neutering
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Unfortunately, Andre, the problem is not necessarily the late fee, that's really only insult added to injury...the real problem is the fee, period. Why is it illegal to own a cat or a dog such that doing so requires me to get a license to break the law? Why should the township of Gloucester have any say in whether I should own a cat or a dog that I keep on my property? What does the township of Gloucester do for me that I should pay them for the right of owning an animal? How does my "pursuit of happiness" as defined in the Declaration of Independence grant the state the right to tax me in that pursuit? This is just another tax by a government gone mad with spending my money. You question that statement? Why is that the U.S., the most prosperous nation in the history of the world, is in debt to the tune of $16.5 trillion dollars? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We're almost there.
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Paul I do see your point but the fee is extremely nominal and this helps the municipality keep track of whether or not many people keep up with the rabies vaccines. You may be the best pet owner in the world but if you forget to get that vaccine and your animal somehow turns rabid and bites someone I'm sure you will never forgive yourself. At least I know my conscious would not let me ever forget it.
Darren Gladden February 24, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Yes Andre you are also right but think about this Why must good Dog owners make sure there dogs are under control and have there shots,I think The GOOD people pay once again .........As king Dave and his Team eat Steak ,Us Hard working people are making Grill Cheeses again ..........Just care , I do ....Now can someone point me to the Cash Box and can I get info where the Fine money Going for owning a pet ....Peeps ....Let's say 5,000 owners times 21.00 =105,000 .........."THINK" .......Just care , I do
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Yea, I get it, Andre; we're generally just not intelligent enough to figure our the details of everyday life so we need government busybodies to do it for us. I wonder why that is? What's your explanation?
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Paul I agree most people are able to do what is right and again the few bad apples do spoil the whole bunch for the rest of us. That said it's a small price to pay to make sure the bad ones are kept in check. I just don't understand why all the uproar over lets say 42 bucks if you have say 2 animals. Paul, I have other issues way bigger then that. When it comes to animals I think the people that have them and don't have updated shots, licensed or not, should pay heavily. Lets face it put the blame on licensure where it belongs the people that don't follow the rules. I agree. Darren I'm sorry but I just don't get your point then again it is obvious you don't have one so maybe that's why. What does the mayor have to do with this state law? In fact virtually every state has animal licensure laws they may all vary in fees but they all have laws regarding animals. I read your posts periodically and you really have some distain for this mayor. What other things that he has nothing to do with are you going to blame him for next, World War 2? Give it a break already.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Andre, do you understand why the original patriots adopted the phrase "Don't tread on me?" Maybe you should do a little due diligence and find out then you might understand my arguments a little better. Until then...
Darren Gladden February 24, 2013 at 02:46 AM
He is the Head of the Governing Body that make"s people pay to own a Pet $21.00...Sorry you don't understand that
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Darren here is something for you to think about doing if you really want to be productive and nail this mayor for doing something wrong here is a task for you. do it if you want don't do it if you don't but maybe it will answer some questions you seem to have. In the state of New Jersey no town is allowed to profit from licensure fees or permits that is state law. It is designed to guarantee municipalities do not overcharge or create fees that do not need to exist just to balance a budget or buy a tank (lol) had to toss that in there. Find out how much money the municipality collects (for real) on these licenses and what they appropriate that money for. If they are not using it for what it's being collected for there is your smoking gun, if it is maybe you will feel better about what your government is doing. I feel bad for you I am really curious what this mayor did to you to make you have such hatred for him.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Actually, Andre, your reasoning reminds me of those who support the red-light camera ticketing scheme with the argument that if you obey the law you will have no problem. The more I think about it the more I realize that we'll never connect. Sorry.
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Darren is he making people pay it or is it state law? Did the previous administration not have a licensure fee? I have lived in your municipality for 9 years and I have always paid a fee. When I moved here there was a lady mayor Love, fee exhisted and I was upset that I could not transfer my fee that I had just paid in berlin but I understand this is a different town so that year I paid 2x because Berlin would not refund my money even though I did not live there any longer at least both should have prorated it right? Well that's just not how it works, I didn't like it but its a law. Then a new mayor was elected Cindy Rau Hatton and the fee was raised from $18 for a fixed pet to $21. The new mayor Mayer has not reduced or increased the fees despite the worst economic times of our lifetimes so I'm not sure why you are only complaining about the current mayor he did not instill this fee or raise it like the previous administration did. Just something to think about. as I said before if you really care make sure the fees are being spent where they should be. Imagine how much of a hero you will be if you can get the fees reduced by proving they don't need to charge this fee since you feel it is too much.
Darren Gladden February 24, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Andre ,,,,,,On a real note thank you for the info but why must I do what you tell ME to do ................Can't you do it for US "Please" . Now I would love to KNOW that info also .So please since your HEART is in the Right place can you get that INFO for the people and maybe you will see why I have a major Problem with OUR leadership
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 03:08 AM
The problem of pet licensure is not really a Democrat or Republican issue, or an issue of who is mayor, it's a problem of government busybodies trying to control every aspect of our lives and accomplishing that through taxation. Thank you, government bureaucrat, may I have another?
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Darren I have a life, that's why I was referring the task to you. I as you can see from my 1st post do not believe the fees are excessive in fact I think they are very reasonable. Would I like to pay nothing? of course, and I'm sure everyone would rather pay nothing. I gave you information because you genuinely seem to have so much misguided hatred. It's ok to be mad at government but if your going to be upset at least blame the right people. I am 50 years old I remember my parents paying for licensing my pets since I was a kid. Back then I lived on Tarsdale Avenue in Philadelphia. Are you going to try and blame that on this mayor too, I don't think he was even born yet at the time. You seem to have so much energy direct it and use it wisely. The good lord may just answer your prayers if you direct your energy toward good. Exile the demons within you will have a better life in the long run, turn to the lord for guidance.
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Paul you are correct it is not a democrat or Republican issue but it also is not government trying to regulate our lives. I believe it is government making sure they can keep rabies related bites to a minimum by verifying the vaccinations are done and kept up to date. Here is something to complain about if you want to argue an issue and on this I think we will all agree. Why does it cost more to license a complete pet then a fixed pet. After all the reason for the fee is to keep records of who has animals and if they are updated on their shots, why does it matter if they are spay and neutered? Now that is the part I have a problem with.
Paul J. DiBartolo February 24, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Gee whiz, Andre, I wonder how we ever got along without the government telling us what is good or bad. Gee, before government came along I never cared whether my dog got rabies. Let's see, let's make rabies shots mandatory and then let's make licensure mandatory to make sure the first mandatory requirement was fulfilled. Here's the thing, it's already illegal to shoot a firearm off in public so why would we need to pass a law that makes it illegal to fire off a firearm in the air on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July? It's already illegal to kill somebody but it makes sense to make it doubly illegal to kill somebody if you hate them for their sexual orientation. Wisdom personified, don't you think?
Andre Bademos February 24, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Paul, I am not sure why you are going way off course or why you feel a dog license compares somehow to killing someone but I'm not here to understand you or try to make you understand me. We have already gone well past animal licensing and at this point I would say may the good lord bless you with all his wisdom so you can carry on your mission, whatever it may be.
D. H. February 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Township don't care if you have a dog or cat. The township only wants the money. This year they didn't even send out renewal notices...

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