Dog Licenses


General Dog Licensing Information
The Dog licensing program ensures rabies vaccination, which protects the health of you and your pet(s). Dog license fees account for a majority of the State Animal Welfare Program’s funding and without these fees, the state would be unable to protect the animals of this state.  The Town’s share of the license fees help to offset the cost of your Local Animal Control Officer.

All dogs that live in the State of Maine must be licensed 10 days after ownership or before the age of six months.


 Dog licenses must be renewed by December 31st of each year.   Licenses are available from October 15th – December 31st, each year to avoid late fees. To license for your dog, the owner must present a current State of Maine Rabies Certificate obtained from a veterinarian. This certificate will verify that your dog has received its rabies shot within the past one to two years. Also, bring with you proof if a veterinarian has issued a written certificate stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered. This neutered/ spay certificate needs to be shown only one time for verification.


Note: Local towns often offer low cost rabies clinics.  Check local newspapers and websites to see which towns offer them.


All dogs must wear their licenses tags at all times.
 (Some exceptions are made for dogs while hunting, in training or in an exhibition.)

 Although cats do not require a license, they must be vaccinated against rabies.

*How to Obtain a License*


To receive a license for your dog, please come into the Town Clerk's office at the Hollis Town Hall during our business hours. You may also renew your dog's license through the mail:


Hollis Town Clerk

34 Town Farm Road 

Hollis, Maine 04042
You must send a copy of a current, State of Maine rabies certificate along with a check payable to the Town of Hollis for the appropriate fee. We will process the license and return your certificate and new license to you. The Town of Hollis does not participate in on line dog licensing renewals at this time.

Dog Licensing Fees


  • $6 per year for spayed / neutered dogs
  • $11 per year for dogs not spayed / neutered
  • $42 for Kennel License (up to 10 dogs) – special requirements apply.

The Town of Hollis Late fees are as follows:


  • Feb 1st - $25.00 for each dog **Per State law this late fee cannot be waived.

If your dog loses their dog license, please come to the Hollis Clerk’s Office to obtain a replacement. There is a $1.00 fee for a replacement tag or if you transfer from another town.

Please contact the Hollis Town Clerk’s Office if you have any questions on dog licensing at 207-929-8552 ext. 18.

Hollis Animal Control is through the Town of Buxton PD/Dispatch as of Jan. 27, 2023. Please call 207-929-5151.

The Game Warden would handle all wild animal calls. The Game Warden’s Regional Communication Center for this area is 1-800-228-0857  or the Gray Game Warden’s office phone number is (207) 657-2345.

Dog fines and violations can be expensive. It is cost effective to keep your dog’s vaccinations current and license your dog each year.

State of Maine's Animal Welfare laws can be found in Maine Revised State Statutes online here:

MRSS File attachments below: Chapter 725 Municipal Duties, Chapter 721 Dog Licenses

Thank you for licensing your dog,

Martha E. Huff, Hollis Town Clerk