Long Beach Mayor’s Pet Received First Cat License in City

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mayor-first-cat-license 7-16-10The “First Cat of Long Beach”—Noah Foster— received the City’s first ever cat license at a special press conference held on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

The friendly cat was adopted by Bob and Nancy Foster from Long Beach Animal Care Services in 2006.  Now, with the help of the First Family of Long Beach, Noah became the first-ever feline to be registered as the City’s mandatory cat licensing requirements take effect July 16, 2010.  After today, cat owners must get their companions licensed, vaccinated and spayed/neutered or face the risk of citation.

There are a number of benefits to licensing one’s pets.  “Animal licenses help increase return-to-owner rates and encourage pet owners to get their animals vaccinated,” says John Keisler, Manager of Animal Care Services. “These are the best tools we have to make Long Beach safer for both people and animals.”  As an added benefit to cat owners, licensing will be free initially until the City Council establishes an annual fee.

To get your animal licensed, you may visit the Shelter or on the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services website to download the application. Be sure to include:

  • Proof of rabies vaccination (from a licensed veterinarian)
  • Proof of sterility (spay or neuter certificate)
  • Microchip number (optional)
  • License fee (for dogs only)

A series of monthly low-cost microchip and pet licensing clinics will be coming to your neighborhood park very soon.  Visit the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services website for a current schedule.

Animal Care Services is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Village is closed on Monday, Tuesday and all holidays.  Call 570-PETS (7387) for service.  Visit ACS online.


6 Responses to “Long Beach Mayor’s Pet Received First Cat License in City”
  1. We so many cats in need of homes, licensing cats is a bad move. Fewer people will adopt cats because of the new licensing requirement.
    And what does that do to those who have already taking abandoned cats into their homes? Will the cats who are over the limit be taken away and put in the pound?

    Cats that are kept indoors and properly cared for are no problem to anyone. They do not get rabies or breed because they are not exposed to it.

  2. That should read “with so many cats”.

  3. ericd says:

    Indoor cats are not potential dangers to public safety that dogs can be. I have yet to see a cat that is left alone (even if feral) to chase down and attack someone who has not attempted to harm them or their kittens. Most cat scratches occur to strangers or children that try to pet animals they do not know and do not heed warnings given by an animal not to be touched. Indoor animals with owners that do not contact other animals can not get rabies or other diseases that require a vector in areas where pests such as fleas and ticks are controlled.

    There really is no good argument to require mandatory licensing for indoor cats. I can microchip my pet without your help. If my animal had gotten loose due to my negligence and was picked up by Animal Control I would expect to pay a per day fee after I was notified to pick up my animal if I did not pick her up within a reasonable time. Otherwise I’m against mandatory licensing and possible fines for not licensing. It just lends itself to getting out of hand in the hands of bureaucracy that don’t care what the spirit of the law is about.

  4. ericd says:

    Edit: should read “bureaucracy that DOESN’T” for subject-verb agreement merely to indicate I am not poorly educated, merely that typing from a phone keyboard with only my thumbs sometimes leads to typos which can be difficult to catch on a 2″ diagonal screen. Have a nice day : )

  5. Wilson says:

    My indoor cat of 20 years just died. She was INDOOR only and didn’t even go outside onto the deck. At that age, even the vet agrees that a rabies vaccination is not only unnecessary but may be harmful. Am I to understand correctly that it will be the law in Long Beach that we give our cats these unnecessary vaccinations? Will our vets be forced to turn us in if we do not? Will people stop taking preventative care of their cats because they are afraid of getting caught not having a license? What exactly does this achieve except to punish the responsible pet owners??

  6. Wilson says:

    One other note as I just reread this article…is Long Beach suggesting that they will have a better response finding lost pets than a microchip that is registered NATIONALLY? Am I missing something?