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Why doesn’t the Auditor license cats?
Under Ohio law, Auditor offices are responsible for licensing the county’s dogs, and due to that statutory responsibility, we are frequently asked: why don’t you license cats? The main reason we don’t license cats, turtles, parrots, iguanas or any other animal is simple: Ohio law does not require other animals to be licensed by County Auditors.
Ohio Revised Code 955.01 provides only for the licensing of dogs. The current law dates back to the 1950s and has been updated over the years, including in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2021. If the Ohio General Assembly wanted to pass a bill and require our office to license any other animals, then it would be our responsibility to do it.
Dog licensing originated around the turn of the 20th century as a way to protect farmers’ livestock from stray dogs and compensate them for any livestock losses. Ever since, Ohio and most other states only require the licensing of dogs.
Licensing cats was proposed decades ago in the Ohio legislature but it has never had the necessary support and failed. The domestic cat’s larger cousins are a different story. In 2012 a law was passed regulating and outright banning the possession of exotic animals (lions, tigers, cheetahs, komodo dragons, alligators, elephants, etc.)
Licensing cats (and other animals) would certainly be a different dynamic than the dog licensing process. Some towns in other states have experimented with licensing cats and have found that the programs are costly to maintain and public support is miniscule. Judging from the many internet forums devoted to the topic, there are passionate people who believe cats should be licensed, and many who feel they shouldn’t be. For any changes, the General Assembly would have to pass legislation to require licensing cats or other animals. Until then, the Auditor’s office will continue to happily license dogs to keep them healthy and safe.
The more you know!
You can adopt a dog at the Franklin County Dog Shelter: https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/
And you can get your dog licensed right here: https://doglicense.franklincountyohio.gov/