Dogs

Dogs

Dog Licence

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding application/renewal of dog licences

A1
Your dog needs to be at least 3 months old, and you must apply for its first dog licence by the age of 5 months.
A2
You can apply for a Dog Licence at any of the following locations:

  • AFCD Animal Management Centres (AMCs)
  • AFCD Dog Inoculation Centres
  • Any authorised private veterinary clinics
  • SPCA centres

For office hours and addresses of the AFCD AMCs and inoculation centres, please refer to inoculation centre. For information regarding private veterinary clinics and SPCA centres, please contact the clinic of your choice or SPCA (Tel: 2802 0501) directly.

A3
You need to bring the following:
  • Your dog
  • Your HKID card
  • Licence fee of $80.00 for each dog in cash
  • Old dog licence (for licence renewal)
A4
You are advised to consult a registered veterinary surgeon before your dog receives rabies vaccine if you have health concerns for your dog.
A5
You may apply for renewal of a dog licence on someone else’s behalf. In this case, you need to provide the authorisation letter of the registered owner and his/her ID card copy in addition to the items stated in Q3. If the registered owner is deceased, you need to provide copy of the dog owner’s death certificate AND copy of proof of relationship of the new owner (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate).
A6
  1. If the dog has never had a dog licence, you can apply for a dog licence through regular procedures (please refer to Q3).
  2. If the dog has a valid licence, you are required to arrange for change of keeper's information before the licence can be renewed. To apply for change of dog keeper's information, you need to provide one of the following documents:
    • Original of the valid dog licence, with the “Change of keeper” form on its back (column 1 & 2) completed and signed, together with HKID copy of the new dog keeper; OR
    • (If the original licence is lost) A letter signed by the previous keeper to apply for change of keeper's information, with the dog’s microchip number together with HKID copies of both previous and new dog keepers

    *Notes: Change of keeper's information can be applied for in person or by mail for valid licences. If you choose to apply by mail, please send the required documents in part (b) to 5/F, Animal Management Division, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon.

  3. If the dog licence has expired, you are advised to bring your dog together with the following documents to any of the Animal Management Centres. Your dog has to be revaccinated against rabies in addition to the change of keeper.
    • Original of the latest dog licence, with the “Change of keeper” form on its back (column 1 & 2) completed and signed, together with HKID copy of the new dog keeper; OR
    • (If the original licence is lost) A letter signed by the previous keeper to apply for change of keeper's information, with the dog’s microchip number together with HKID copies of both previous and new dog keepers
  4. This Department will contact with the previous keeper for confirmation of change of keeper if necessary.
A7
Since the dog might be someone’s lost dog, you are advised to bring the dog to any of the AFCD Animal Management Centres during office hours to check on its status as soon as possible.
A8
No, a dog licence can only be registered by an individual with a HKID card. A company or joint-ownership is not allowed to register as a dog owner.
A9
Please refer to the vaccination requirements for incoming animals for your destination country. For more information regarding exporting animals, please contact AFCD Import and Export Division.
A10
  • If your dog licence has expired, you may bring your dog to one of the Animal Management Centres and apply for a licence renewal instead.
  • If the original licence is still valid, you can contact the Animal Management Centre where the original licence was issued to apply for a replacement licence, at a fee of $82. The dog owner should present his/her ID card for replacement of dog licence.
A11
  • In such circumstances, you are strongly advised to bring your dog to one of AFCD’s Animal Management Centres, Dog Inoculation Centres or to a private veterinary clinic for instant licence renewal. A person failing to license his/her dog over 5 months of age may be liable to a fine of $10,000 according to the Rabies Regulation (Cap. 421A).

Fees

Fees For Dog Licences (Effective From 16 Feb 2001)

  • Dogs being microchipped, vaccinated and licensed by authorised officers of AFCD: $80
  • The charge for dogs being microchipped and vaccinated by private veterinary surgeons will vary according to the clinic and the veterinary services provided. If in doubt, contact the clinic.

Addresses of AMCs and Dog Inoculation Centres

Dog owners can take their dog to the following AMCs for microchipping, vaccination and licensing:

Map of the four Animal Management Centres (AMSs)New Territories North Animal Management Centre New 

Territories South Animal Management Centre Kowloon Animal Management Center Hong Kong Animal 

Management Center
New Territories North Animal Management Centre
New Territories North Animal Management Centre

13 Jockey Club Road, Sheung Shui, N.T.(Detail Map)

Office Hours for New Territories North AMC:
  • 9:00 a.m - 12:00 and
  • 1:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m;

open daily including Sundays & Public Holidays
New Territories South Animal Management Center
New Territories South Animal Management Center

11 To Shek Path, Shatin(Detail Map) (Please click here for barrier free facilities in the centre.)

Office Hours for New Territories South AMC:
  • 9:00 a.m - 12:00 noon and
  • 1:00 p.m -4:30 p.m;
open daily including Sundays & Public Holidays
Kowloon Animal Management Center
Kowloon Animal Management Center

102 Sung Wong Toi Road, Tokwawan, Kowloon(Detail Map)

Office Hours for Kowloon AMC:
  • 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m and
  • 2:00 p.m -4:30 p.m;
open daily including Sundays & Public Holidays
Hong Kong Animal Management Center
Hong Kong Animal Management Center

688 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.(Detail Map)

Office Hours for H.K. AMC:
  • 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m and
  • 2:00 p.m -4:30 p.m;
open daily including Sundays & Public Holidays

Enquiry:

: 1823

There are other Government Dog Inoculation centres operated in different places at different times of the week. Please contact the above Hotline for details.

Dog Licence Application Procedure

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Dogs aged over 3 months can be vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and licensed. According to the law, you are required to license your dog once they are over 5 months of age. You can bring your dog to any of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)’s Anti-Rabies Dog Inoculation and Licensing Centres or Animal Management Centres (AMCs) for licensing and rabies vaccination. No advance booking is necessary. The dog licence will be issued to you upon licence fee payment. The application can be submitted online. Please bring your dog to the Animal Management Centre as selected for rabies vaccination and licensing within 14 days after submission, otherwise your application will be cancelled. To facilitate us to process your application, please provide the Application Reference Number to our staff at the Animal Management Centre.

licence

You may also take your dog to any authorised private veterinary surgeons or the SPCA centres for rabies vaccination and microchipping. The licence will be forwarded to you through the veterinary clinic in due course. The private veterinary surgeon may impose an additional charge for the service provided to you.

A dog licence is valid for 3 years and the dog has to be revaccinated against rabies to renew the licence within 3 years. If your dog has been implanted with a compatible microchip, there is no need to implant again.

The licence is not transferable. A dog keeper must advise AFCD in writing any change in ownership or address within 5 days.

Microchip

A microchip is a very tiny computer chip which carries an identification code on it.

  • It is the size of a grain of rice.
  • It can be easily inserted under the loose skin at the back of the neck and between the shoulders. At the time of injection, it causes only mild discomfort.
  • One microchip will last for the life of the dog.
Microchip

Purpose


dog owners and dogs

Introducing this system for dogs will provide for better management and control of the animals. If a dog is lost, it will be easier for the owner to identify his dog under this system and be re- united with it.

The system also enables our Department to identify and prosecute irresponsible dog owners.

Identification and information protection

numeric code

The microchip contains a unique numeric code that can be read by a scanner held close to the skin of the dog. Details of the dog's ownership and vaccination record are stored in a separate government computer database cross referenced to the microchip code.

Other information

The Rabies Regulation (Cap 421A) requires all dogs over the age of 5 months to be vaccinated against rabies, microchipped and licensed.

Dogs over the age of five months without a valid dog licence, or dogs due for their first vaccination against rabies , should be microchipped, vaccinated and licensed without delay. Dogs that have been vaccinated against rabies and covered under a valid dog licence must be re-vaccinated every 3 years to renew its licence.

The procedure of implanting a microchip

1.Scan to check no microchip has been implanted.
2.Scan the chip to ensure that it is the same number as on the label in the pocket.


3.The chip should be implanted between the shoulder blades.<br>4.Use the hand to feel the implantation site.<br>5.Disinfect the skin at the implantation site using cotton wool soaked in alcohol.
6.Using one hand, lift up the skin over the implantation site.<br>7.Insert the needle at 45° angle with the hup facing up.<br> 8.Quickly push the plunger all the way down and withdraw the needle.  Use cotton ball to compress injection site for 10 seconds 
to ensure hemostasis.


9.Scan the area to ensure that the chip can be read.<br>10.Vaccinate the dog against rabies after it has a microchip 
implanted.

Legislation you need to know:
Cap 421A RABIES REGULATION

Person not licensing his/her dog over 5 months of age may be liable to a fine of $10,000.

Other services

Inoculation service for dogs in villages

Many villagers in the New Territories West and North keep dogs. In order to help villagers vaccinate their dogs and renew their dogs’ licences, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will send inoculation teams to villages to vaccinate villagers’ dogs and give advice to villagers on how to control their dogs properly. For enquiry and appointment, please call 1823.

Inoculation Campaign for dogs on board fishing vessels

Inoculation Campaign for dogs on board fishing vessels in port has been carried out by AFCD since 1980. The aim of the campaign is to provide boat-to-boat inoculation service for boat people's dogs. It is held two times a year at Shataukok, Shau Kei Wan, Sam Mun Chai, Cheung Chau, Sai Kung, Castle Peak Bay and Aberdeen. The campaign is usually held in January and July each year. AFCD will release press release in newspapers and radio broadcast to inform boat people about the campaign.

Leaflets & Posters

Leaflet "Vaccinate and Renew Licence Every 3 Years"

Leaflet 'Vaccinate and Renew Every 3 Years'

Leaflet "Rabies Vaccination"

Leaflet 'Rabies Vaccination'

Poster "Love is Step by Step"

Poster 'Love is Step by Step'