ANIMAL ORDINANCES for CITY OF FAIRHOPE

City of Fairhope Ordinances for Animals and Fowl


PET LICENSING INFO

All dogs and cats owned and kept within the city, and all dogs and cats brought in or permitted to come within the city, shall wear a collar to which shall be attached a numbered tag issued by the city. License are $1.25 each and may be purchased at City Hall. City Hall is located at 161 North Section Street in Fairhope and is open Monday -Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Additionally, Alabama State law requires all dogs and cats residing in the state are to be current on their annual rabies vaccination. In order to purchase a city tag for your pet, a current rabies certificate must be provided. Making sure your dog and cat has its current license attached to its collar also is your best insurance of having your pet(s) are returned to you in case he or she becomes lost or gets out of your yard. Even if your pet(s) never leaves your home or yard, it is still required by law. The money received from dog license fees helps the department continue to provide quality animal care and control services every day of the year.

For more information, please call 251-928-2136


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the relationship between the City of Fairhope Animal Control and The Haven?

 

According to law, every municiaplty with a human population greater than 5,000 is required to operate thier own animal control facility or provide their pro rata share to their county animal shelter. The City of Fairhope decided in 2000 to provide the citizen's of Fairhope with their own animal control officer and animal shelter. However, the City of Fairhope needed help operating the shelter, including caring for their impounds.

 

The Haven was also formed in 2000 and our volunteer-run agency needed to relocate our homeless pets into a facility that could accomadate the ever increasing number of homeless animals entering The Haven's life-saving programs. In return for agreeing to provide daily care for Fairhope's impounds and assist customers, an agreement was formed to allow The Haven to share the facility. A new public/private partnership was formed. 

 

Since 2000, our public/private partnership has worked tirelessly to reduce the number of unwanted litters, increase Fairhope's save rate, and help keep pets frm being surrended to area animal shelters. Our partnership is not unquie and there are other similar working relattionships across the United States where public/private agencies are collaborating to end pet homelessness. 

 

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How many animals does The Haven get each year?

 

On any given day, The Haven's life-saving team cares for over 70-80 homeless cats, kittens. dogs, and puppies each day. 

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How many animals does the City of Fairhope Animal Shelter take in each year?

The City of Fairhope receives approixmatley 600-700 stray cats. kittens, dogs, and puppies annually.

 

 

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What can people do to reduce this "pet over-population"?

 

Have your veterinarian spay or neuter your own pets so that they can not produce more puppies or kittens. Every birth adds to the problem of pet over-population. Also encourage everyone you know to have their pets spayed or neutered.

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Is there a leash law in Fairhope?

 

Yes - Anytime a dog is not confined to its owner's property it must be on a leash not longer than six feet and under control. Also Fairhope has a "pooper-scooper" law. If your dog or cat "does its business" on public or private property you must clean it up promptly and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.