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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598



 May 20, 2010


 Nancy Buonanno-Grennan
 360.337.5777 or



Pet licensing now handled by Kitsap County

(Port Orchard, WA) - Officials from both Kitsap County and the Humane Society are working together to transfer pet licensing responsibilities to the County. Working together allows both agencies to develop licensing strategies that takes advantage of the skills each provide. “By reducing licensing activities at the Humane Society our employees and volunteers are able to direct more time to the essential animal control tasks which strengthens our animal control program,” according to Sean Compton, the Executive Director at the Kitsap Human Society.

“We collect approximately $100,000 annually in pet licensing, which we use to offset the costs of animal control in Kitsap County,” said Nancy Buonanno-Grennan, Kitsap County Administrator. “In total, the County spends about $535,000 per year on Animal Control Services. As the County has cut the budgets of every office and department, Animal Control also faced cuts. Through this transfer, the Humane Society gets to focus on its core mission and the County’s Auditor’s Office – responsible for licensing County-wide – will eventually take on the animal licensing component to build on that office’s core competencies. In this, both agencies are using scarce resources more efficiently.

Animal control includes animal rescue and enforcement, cruelty cases, complaints about pets, dangerous dogs, and helping with lost and injured pets. The Human Society uses volunteers and fund raisers to help support animal control activities.

To license your pet, please complete the Pet Application Form located at and return along with your payment by mail or place in the Drop Box located at the front door of the Kitsap County Administration Building. Due to current budget constraints, the County is currently unable to process your payment in person.

Kitsap County – Pet Licensing
Administration Building
619 Division Street, MS-45
Port Orchard, WA 98366

For more information, please visit us at

Additional Information:

Kitsap Humane Society

Kitsap County Pet Licensing FAQ


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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014