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Fees, Licenses & Adoption

$30.00 First Offense
$55.00 Second Offense
$100.00 Third Offense or more

In addition to the Impound Fee, there is a $6.00 per day, per animal, Daily Board and Care fee. 


Per State Law and County Ordinance, all Dogs over the age of 3 months must be vaccinated for Rabies and all Dogs over the age of 4 months must have a County License

How you can obtain a county license for your dog:

* Please bring your rabies certificate, spay/neuter certificate as well as the appropriate payment amount. 

  • Mariposa Sheriffs Animal Facility - 5012 Fairgrounds Dr.- Please call to make sure someone is in the office to assist you, weekend appointments available. 
  • The Mariposa County Sheriff's Office at 5099 Old Highway- Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Administrative Office.   
  • By mail at P.O. Box 276, Mariposa, CA 95338 please include a copy of your rabies certificate, a copy of your spay/neuter certificate as well as the appropriate payment amount.  Please do not mail cash.  Make checks or money orders out to Mariposa County.  All documents will be returned to you. 
  • Unaltered Dog $6.50 per year and Altered Dog $3.25 per year

Facts you should know:

  • A rabies tag is not a county license.  You must purchase a county license even if you have a rabies tag for your dog.
  • Your county license does expire and must be renewed.
  • Your dog must have a current rabies vaccination in order to obtain a county license.
  • Per state law rabies shots can be given once the dog is three months old.
  • Per state law dogs are given a one year rabies shot if under a year old, if it is the first rabies shot given (if over a year old) or if you do not have proof of prior rabies vaccination no matter the age of the dog. 


Animal Control does not have a low cost spay/neuter program.  You can contact local veterninarians for spay/neuter options or for low cost spay/neuter options you can contact:
Mariposa SCPA   209-966-5275 

Cat Nip   209-742-1023

Hope Foundation 559-271-0209


To adopt an animal Please contact the Mariposa SPCA

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