City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Animal Control Services

sleeping puppy

We have launched a new Facebook Page – the “City of Oak Harbor Stray Pet Page”, in an effort to reunite pet owners and their animals.  Please note that these animals are NOT available for adoption at the time they are posted at the page – instead, we are trying to locate their owners. 

 We will provide daily listing of photos of and details on stray pets from within the City limits of Oak Harbor, except for weekends.  You can view the page at
or – if you have a Facebook account, log in and search for “City of Oak Harbor Stray Pet Page” and LIKE us and SHARE the page!  Help us spread the word !!!

CLICK here for an Informational Brochure - Dog & Cat Owner Information

CLICK here for an informational Brochure - Barking, What Dog Owners Need to Know


Oak Harbor Municipal Code

Click link above and then navigate to"Title 7 Animals" to view the City of Oak Harbor's Municipal Code governing Animals.  The code covers Care and Control, Dog and Cat Licenses, Rabies Control, Impoundment, Pigeons, Dangerous Dogs and Potentially Dangerous Dogs, Animal Cruelty, and Exotic Animals.


(Click the "Animal Control Officer" link above)  The City of Oak Harbor employs one full-time Animal Control Officer, who responds to calls for service and patrols city limits of Oak Harbor and areas of Navy Housing within City Limits during business hours. 

  • Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies
  • 24-hour Non-Emergencies call (360) 679-9567

 Animal Holding Facility

(Click the "Animal Holding Facility" link above)  The Oak Harbor Animal Control Holding Facility is operated by the City of Oak Harbor for lost and found animals.   

 kitten and puppy



Contact the Utilities office at City Hall
for licensing and information:
865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Rabies Certificate (required)  |  Certificate of Spay or Neuter
In order to apply for the City Animal License, please bring current rabies certificate issued by licensed veterinarian, and if applicable, certificate of spay or neuter by a licensed veterinarian.  The City is not able to issue license without the rabies certificate.

City License Fees Schedule
Dog and cat licenses may be purchased from the city or authorized designee upon the payment of a license fee as follows:
            For each unneutered male dog
            For each unneutered male cat
            For each unspayed female dog
            For each unspayed female cat
            For each neutered male dog
            For each neutered male cat
            For each spayed female dog
            For each spayed female cat
If a person is 65 years of age or over and certifies to Utilities under oath that he or she is over this age and is the owner of the cat or dog to be licensed, his/her license fee will be 50 percent of the fees.
A duplicate license tag may be obtained upon payment of a replacement fee from Utilities. No person or owner may use any license for any animal other than the animal for which it was issued.
$ 3.00
All cat and dog owners shall purchase licenses from January 1st through February 28th after which date a late charge fee will be assessed. The licensing period will be from January 1st through December 31st of each year.
$ 5.00
An owner before reclaiming an impounded cat shall pay a fee of $15.00 plus $5.00 board fee for each calendar day the animal has been impounded;
An owner before reclaiming an impounded dog shall pay a fee of $15.00 for the first offense, and $25.00 for the second and subsequent offenses. Impound fees for dogs shall cover a period of 24 hours, after said time period an additional fee of $5.00 for each calendar day shall be added.
If the impounded animal is unlicensed and its owner has been a resident for over 60 days, the owner shall pay a fine of $25.00 over and above the impoundment fees. The owner shall be required to license the animal at time of reclaiming his/her animal.
In addition to the regulations imposed with regard to both potentially dangerous dogs and dangerous dogs, an additional registration fee applies.
Potentially Dangerous - $25.00
Dangerous - $50.00


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