Animal Control

Animal Control is being provided by the Oakland County Animal Control Division. 

Clawson Code of Ordinances States:
Sec. 14-2. - Maximum number of dogs and cats.

No person shall own or harbor more than three dogs of the age of six months or over, except if such person is licensed as a kennel owner by the state; nor shall any person own or harbor more than three cats of the age of six months or over. (Ord. No. 691, 3-15-2011)

Letter from the Chief of Police

Oakland County Informational Flyer

Visit Oakland County Pet Adoption for more information.

Dog Licensing Fees

All dogs must be licensed in the State of Michigan at the age of 4 months and older. In order to purchase a dog license, you must present proof of a current rabies vaccination. The deadline to purchase a dog license is June 1st of each year!

*You can purchase a 3 year license from the City of Clawson if you have a valid Rabies Vaccination showing an expiration of 2019 or 2020.  An example price for a 3 year license would be $7.50 (altered) x 3 =  $22.50 total  or  $15.00 (intact) x 3 =  $45.00 total

: In order to purchase a 3-year license, your pet must have a 3-year rabies vaccine with an expiration date of at least two years from the current year (ex: a 3-year license purchased in 2013 must have an expiration date of 2015 or later).

Dog License Fees

  • $  7.50 Spayed or Neutered (Altered)
  • $15.00 Male or Female (Intact)

Senior Citizen prices are for residents 65 years of age and older

  • $  6.75 Spayed or Neutered (Senior)
  • $13.50 Male or Female (Senior)

Dog License Fees are $30 if the renewal license is purchased after June 1st

Dog licenses are valid for a calendar year.  Dog licenses go on sale December 1st though November 30th of each year. The above prices apply to dog licenses purchased from December 1st through June 1st of each year. On June 2 all Oakland County dog licenses become $30 regardless if the dog is altered or if the owner is a senior. The only exceptions to this fee are puppies that just turned 4 months of age, newly acquired dogs or new residents to the area. 

You can purchase your dog’s license at the following:

  • Any participating City/Township Office including City of Clawson
  • Oakland County Pet Adoption Center at 1700 Brown Road, Auburn Hills 248.391.4100
  • Any participating Veterinary Clinic within our service area
  • On-line at

Cat licenses are not required for Clawson residents. 

If you have any questions regarding licenses please contact the City of Clawson Clerk’s Office at 248.435.4500 ext. 116 or 118.

Overview of Services:

Please feel free to contact Oakland County Animal Control should you have a problem with any of the following:

  • Animal Bites
  • Dogs Running at Large
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Livestock Running at Large
  • Questions Regarding the Licensing of Dogs
  • Boarding, Breeding or Training Kennels
  • Dogs Harassing, Injuring or Killing Livestock
  • Dangerous Dogs
  • Dog Fighting
  • Large Carnivores or Wolf/Dog Crosses
  • Suspected Rabies Cases
  • Dead Dogs on Roadways

248.391.4102, 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday or 248.858.4950 after hours emergencies only.

The Division will respond to raccoons, bats or skunks inside the living quarters. Oakland County will not respond to nuisance wildlife nesting in attics or crawl spaces.

Important Numbers

Animal Control 248.391.4102

Animal Shelter 248.391.4100

Sheriff’s Department 248.858.4950