Smithfield dog licenses now online for ‘ultimutt’ convenience

Smithfield dog licenses now online for ‘ultimutt’ convenience

SMITHFIELD – Smithfield is taking dog license registrations and renewals online this week as Town Hall remains closed and seeing fewer walk-ins for services, says Town Clerk Lyn Antonuccio.

The new online service will roll out on April 1 and is helping replace the annual rabies clinic, which was canceled due to COVID-19. She said plans to hold a clinic in the fall are in the works, but dog licenses are due April 30.

Licensing dogs is important for several reasons, Antonuccio said. She said that if a dog is lost, it is easier to identify owners if the pet is licensed. It also helps the town know owners are current on their dogs’ shots, and can help lower the risk of rabies. All licensed dogs need proof of rabies vaccination, and the town will be able to upload certificates online, she said.

According to Antonuccio, there are 437 dogs licensed in Smithfield, but she said the actual number is much higher.

The link to the dog license website will be live and under the town clerk’s tab at www.smithfieldri.com as of today, April 1.

Antonuccio said the $8 fee for licensing a dog will help the town pay for spaying and neutering animals at the Smithfield Animal Shelter and help cover other needed items.

“The number one thing is being in compliance with Smithfield town ordinances,” she said.

Residents can still mail or walk in to get a license, but Antonuccio said she is discovering that most Smithfield business is easily done online as the town catches up with modern times.

“It is the way things are going. I think in most cases it’s preferable than making the trip to Town Hall,” she said.

She said her office still only takes cashier’s checks or cash in person, so being able to pay with a credit or debit card online is another added benefit. The town will add a postage fee to ship the tags and licenses to residents, she added.