The City of Salida no longer requires dog or cat licenses. A voluntary registration program is available through the Arkansas Valley Humane Society if you wish to register your pet. Being included in AVHS’s database can help reconnect you with your pet in the event he or she is ever lost.
The City’s registration requirement was primarily intended to ensure that pet owners kept up with the required rabies vaccination. Rabies has been eliminated as a significant public health risk in most parts of the developed world largely due to local vaccination laws. According to the World Health Organization, the prevention of human rabies must be a community effort involving both veterinary and public health officials.
Rabies is a viral disease maintained in domestic and wild carnivores and bats all over the world. It is transmitted to other animals and humans through close contacts with saliva from infected animals (i.e. bites, scratches, licks on broken skin and mucous membranes). Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal to both animals and humans.