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Questions About Lost and Found Animals

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Why did I receive this notice?

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Why am I being billed when I have a current license?

There may be several reasons why you received a bill when you have a current license. We're happy to help with your account information - please fill out this form to begin the process.


When will I get my license tag?

The metal license tag is permanently assigned to your pet, and you will not receive a new tag during the renewal process unless requested. If you have lost your tag or it has become unreadable, please pay the replacement tag fee when you mail your renewal, and a new tag will be mailed with your license registration. Otherwise, a receipt only will be mailed.

We will mail your tag or license receipt within 10 business days from the day we receive your completed license application and payment. Please allow an additional 3-5 business days to receive your tag or receipt in the mail. If we have not received correct payment or proper documentation you will be notified via mail and the processing of your license will be delayed.


How do I get a replacement tag?

You may obtain a replacement tag by sending a check or money order payable to "City of Culver City" in the amount of $7.00 to the mailing address below. Please do not send cash. Please include a copy of your license receipt or a note to designate the pet for which you are purchasing a replacement tag. If you need assistance, you may call customer service at 1-888-615-4350.

If you are renewing your pet's license, please indicate that a replacement tag is needed on the renewal form and include the replacement tag fee.

Culver City Dog Licensing
C/O PetData
PO Box 141929
Irving, TX 75014-1929

Only one license tag can be active at one time for a dog. Requests for multiple tags for the same animal cannot be fulfilled.


Can I transfer a license?

Culver City licenses cannot be transferred to a new owner or a different pet. A new license must be purchased.


Can I obtain a refund?

A refund may be available if an overpayment was made for your license. To request a refund, please send your request in writing or via email to Customer Service. Be sure to include the pet’s current license tag number if it is available, and as much information as possible regarding your payments.


How long is this license valid?

Animal licenses will expire one year from date of issue for the first license. Subsequent licenses will expire one year from the expiration of the previous license.


Where is the local animal shelter?

Culver City contracts with spcaLA for sheltering services. Impounded animals will be brought to their shelter in Hawthorne:

South Bay Pet Adoption Center
12910 Yukon Avenue
Hawthorne, California

To report stray animals or for questions unrelated to licensing, please call 310-253-6143 during normal business hours or 310-837-1221 for the non-emergency dispatch center.


I have found a pet: what should I do?

If the pet that you have found is wearing a Culver City license tag, please enter the tag number in the tag search box above. If you need assistance, you may call our office at 1-888-615-4350.


I have lost a pet: what should I do?

If an Animal Control Officer finds your pet, and your pet is wearing a current license tag on its collar, Animal Services will contact you. If another citizen finds your pet with its license tag, they may use the tag number to contact you through our online tag search or by calling the phone number on the license tag.

If your pet has been lost, Animal Services recommends that you visit the shelter to look for your pet. The shelter is located at the spcaLA shelter at 12910 Yukon Avenue in Hawthorne.


Why should I license?

The primary reason is to prevent the spreading of rabies. Rabies is a constant health threat, and rabies vaccinations are good for your pet’s health. Did you know that rabies is 100% fatal for humans if not treated properly? Animal licensing helps Animal Services monitor compliance with local and state rabies vaccination laws.

Licensing also helps Animal Services identify family pets, should an animal become lost. The fees from licensing are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals, among other services. Other goals of animal licensing are to promote responsible pet ownership and to reduce the tragedies associated with lost pets and pet overpopulation. 


What are the licensing requirements?

Licensing Ordinance

All dogs 4 months of age and older must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed with Culver City within 30 days of being in the city. Cats and potbellied pigs may be licensed on a voluntary basis.

View the complete Culver City ordinance

Due Date

Payment for your license is due within 30 days of the expiration of your current license. If you are licensing for the first time, you must purchase a license within 30 days of obtaining a dog over the age of 4 months or within 30 days of establishing residence in Culver City.

A late fee of $25 will be added to licenses not renewed by the first of the month following their prior license expiration and to new licenses not purchased within 30 days of dog ownership or residency in Culver City.

License Term

Animal licenses will expire one year from date of issue for the first license. Subsequent licenses will expire one year from the expiration of the previous license.


Why was licensing privatized?

Culver City chose to privatize animal licensing in 2009 to promote animal licensing, to increase the cost-effectiveness of the program, and to provide additional services to its citizens.


Who is PetData?

PetData, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, provides animal licensing services for municipalities and animal welfare agencies throughout North America. The company, a member of the National Animal Control Association, has been in business since 1994. PetData’s goals are to increase animal licensing, to reduce animal euthanasia, to educate the community, and to help solve animal control problems.


Does PetData sell information?

We at PetData consider the privacy of our clients to be of paramount importance. PetData has never sold information or data to any third-party. PetData does not use any personally identifiable data collected for any purpose other than for those purposes as required by client contracts.

We do not respond to requests for information from non-client individuals or corporations, nor do we release information without the express written consent of our clients. PetData does not and will not share or sell client data with any other parties or make client data publicly available unless authorized by the client or required under a legal subpoena. All data belongs to our clients, and PetData serves only as a custodian for client-owned data.

Groups or individuals requesting data should contact their City or County directly as PetData will only release data to our contracted clients.

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