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Paw-sitive changes to our pet licensing program

Paw-sitive changes to Lenexa's pet licensing program
Posted on 11/01/2020

When pet owners purchase their 2021 animal licenses, they'll get some new benefits to give them peace of mind and help their furry family members return home sooner if they become lost. 

The City of Lenexa is now partnering with PetHub to provide digital pet ID tags for licensed animals. If your pet becomes lost, anyone who finds your pet can use the QR code or the number for a 24/7 lost pet call center on the tag to report that they've found your pet. 

Each PetHub tag links to a free online profile that you can set up to help your pet get home faster. According to data from PetHub, 98% of pets recovered through their service get home before they enter a shelter. 

Another added benefit of the new tags: their epoxy coating makes them durable and prevents the jangling sound of multiple pet tags. 

Renew or sign up for your pet license

Pet licenses are required annually for all cats and dogs age 6 months and older in Lenexa and expire on Dec. 31 of each year. Renewal notices are mailed in early to mid-November.

To register or renew your license, go to You'll need to have a copy of your pet's current rabies vaccination certificate ready to upload. Fees are $12/year per spayed or neutered dog or cat and $22/year for other dogs and cats.

If your pet is found without a license, you could get a ticket. 

Set up your PetHub account

Once you have your new pet tag, go to to set up your pet's free online profile. It includes information such as their name, breed, age, medications, allergies, your contact info and more.

The free basic membership provided with your tag also includes access to the 24/7 lost pet call center, a lost pet poster template and a library of pet-related articles. 

You can sign up for a more robust PetHub subscription for a fee. This membership level includes automatic notifications when someone scans your pet's tag and a GPS map showing their location, plus other benefits.

How to handle vaccination delays

Many veterinary clinics are experiencing service delays due to COVID-19, including delayed vaccinations. If you are unable to update your pet's vaccinations before the end of the year, you can still apply for a pet license. 

  • If your animal's rabies vaccine is current when you send in your license application, a tag will be issued. 
  • If your animal's vaccine has expired, a tag will be issued once the updated/current vaccine certificate has been uploaded. 

We do not have the ability to delay or change license and renewal deadlines at this point, but staff is understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on our pet owners and working with them on these challenges. 

Helpful notes for pet owners

  • You need to apply for a special pet permit if you'd like more than two dogs and/or two cats at your residence. These also expire annually on Dec. 31. 
  • Lenexa doesn't restrict animal ownership based on breeds.

Published November 1, 2020