Van Buren County, Michigan dog licenses can be purchased at Al-Van Humane Society.  Michigan Compiled Law 287.266 requires that all dogs over 4 months old MUST have BOTH a current rabies vaccination AND a current dog license.

Dog Licenses must be obtained by March 1st, or as soon as a puppy has its first rabies shot (around 4 months old) License fees for puppies under 7 months old are $10 (neutering not required). After that date penalties apply.

Van Buren County offers both a 1-year and a 3-year dog license. In order to purchase a license, your dog must have a current rabies vaccination. Current is defined as either:

30 days remaining in order to purchase a 1-year license, or
(2) Expiring after April 1st of the year the license expires for a 3-year license


For licenses purchased January 1st through March 1st:

1 year spayed/neutered $10.00
3 year spayed/neutered $30.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $20.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $60.00

For licenses purchased March 2nd through November 30th (penalty period)
1 year spayed/neutered $20.00
3 year spayed/neutered $40.00
1 year ‘unaltered’ dog $40.00
3 year ‘unaltered’ dog $80.00

You can have your pet microchipped at Al-Van Humane Society for a fee of $25.00.

Having your pet microchipped is one of the best ways to increase your pet's chances of getting home if he or she is lost or stolen and winds up at an animal shelter or veterinary office. Unlike dog tags and collars, which can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of identifying your dog or cat. Make sure your pets can find their way home…microchip them!

How does it work?

A tiny capsule about the size of a grain of rice is injected under the loose skin on the back of your pet's neck. The procedure provides no more discomfort than a vaccination.

Register the chip. This is extremely important!  Make sure you complete the form and mail it to the company.

If your dog or cat becomes lost and turns up at a shelter or vet's office, a scanner can be used to read the digital number on the chip. A phone call to the microchip company to which you registered the microchip provides the shelter or vet with your contact information, and you can be contacted to retrieve your pet.