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Public Pet Rehoming Permit  

Effective May, 2013, a Public Pet Rehoming Permit is required to sell, give away, trade, barter or adopt any dog or cat.  The ordinance reads:

Permit Required for Public Pet Rehoming

No person shall display any dog or cat for the purpose of selling, giving away, trading, bartering or adopting the animal without a Public Pet Rehoming Permit.

A Public Pet Rehoming Permit is not required when:

  1. An owner is selling, giving away, trading, bartering or adopting an animal from a private residence; or
  2. An owner holds a current license issued by the Colorado Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act and is displaying the animals at that location; or
  3. The owner is a governmental or tax-exempt, not for profit animal welfare organization and is involved in an organized adoption event.

The Public Pet Rehoming Permit can be obtained at Mesa County Animal Services. The permit process will require the following:

  1. The owner/applicant will complete and submit a Public Pet Rehoming Permit Application no less than five business days prior to the date needed; and
  2. The owner/applicant will provide written documentation from a licensed veterinarian that the animals have been examined within seven days, are at least eight weeks old and current on all applicable vaccinations; and
  3. The owner/applicant will provide written authority and contact information from the owner of the property on which the animals will be displayed.
 

The Public Pet Rehoming ordinance does not:

  • Take away a citizen’s right to sell pets from a private residence; or
  • Inhibit licensed breeders or pet stores from producing or selling pets; or
  • Prevent adoption events by non-profit animal rescues or shelters.

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