Animal Control

cat rubbing its head against a dog's noseThe Yakima Humane Society is now managing the Ellensburg Animal Shelter. Learn more.

Own a cat or dog? 

All people living in the City of Ellensburg who own a cat or dog that is over 5 months of age must obtain an animal license. Owners must provide proof of current rabies vaccination for the animals when licensing. Licenses are purchased from the Yakima Humane Society and must be made within 14 days of obtaining the dog or cat. The license is good for one year. There are a few exceptions: dog guide, guide dog in training, service animal, governmental police dogs; and veterinary clinics, research facilities or similar commercial or institutional entities.


  • Unaltered dog or cat $60
  • Altered dog or cat $10; owners 65+ $5
  • Multiple altered dogs and/or cats (five or more) $40
  • Altered dog or cat with proof of 3 years rabies vaccination, 3-year license $20
  • Duplicate/replacement license $3
  • Kennel/Cattery license $150
  • Pet shop license $150