Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how and where to obtain a license. Those who choose to not follow through on licensing risk being ticketed.
County officials are encouraging owners to register their dogs now.
Dog licenses can be purchased online, by mail or in person in either one- or three-year increments. Owners must provide a current rabies certificate. Owners can visit miOttawa.org to order the license online or obtain one by mail. The cost of a license varies from $10 to $70.
Since the census was initiated, residents have flocked to get licenses.
In June 2012, 1,002 (669 one-year licenses and 333 three-year licenses) were sold. This year, June sales have gone up almost three and a half times to 3,415 licenses (2,473 on-year licenses and 940 three-year licenses).
County officials said they suspect that many more pets are still unlicensed.
Last year, there were 17,878 active dog licenses in Ottawa County. Officials believe that this accounts for only about a third of the actual dogs living within the county.