County shifts dog licensing and redemption to Homeward Bound
Dog licensing and redemption in Yamhill County has been abdicated to local nonprofits rather than being handled by county government, it was announced last week.
In a decision handed down by the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Tim Svenson earlier this month, the nonprofit shelter Homeward Bound Pets in McMinnville was handed the reins of dog licensing and redemption services in the county.
County officials believe designating Homeward Bound for these services will "speed up owner notification," according to a news release, and make access to found or impounded dogs in the county easier. The licensing process is expected to be more convenient as well, officials said.
"We are extremely excited to expand this partnership with Homeward Bound Pets," Svenson said. "They have done an outstanding job with the kenneling of our dogs and their staff is top notch. We are very confident this will be a long and fruitful relationship resulting in increased efficiency and access for our citizens."
Homeward Bound will dedicate staff for these endeavors, which include licensing, redemption and kenneling services. The shelter will use new software purchased by the county to track this information.
All residents of the county can follow the law and license their dog by visiting the Homeward Bound main office, located at 10601 S.E. Loop Road in McMinnville. In addition, residents who live near Sheridan can license their pets at the West Valley Veterinary Clinic. The Newberg Veterinary Hospital will continue providing license services as well.
Homeward Bound can provide licensing services either in-person, over the phone or through the mail. Current hours for the office are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, along with a time slot of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Redemptions are by appointment only.
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