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Love Your Pet

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 9:43 AM by Kristy Bansemer

Derby is a community of animal lovers. After working here as the animal control officer for almost a year, it didn’t take me long to learn that Derby is a community that cares about animals.

As a pet owner, you spend time making sure your dog or cat is healthy and safe. You walk him/her daily, provide nutritious food, and make regular visits to the vet to get vaccinations. What sometimes gets missed is the licensing of pets. A pet license is a way to make sure your pet can be easily identified if they get lost.

One of the greatest joys of my job is reuniting lost pets with their owners. We have an Animal Control Facebook page (@DerbyKSAnimalControl) where we post photos of found animals in hopes of reunification. Many times we are successful, but there are instances in which we have to take animals to the shelter. We ask residents to look on our Facebook page first if they have lost a pet or call the Derby Police Department at 788-1557. You may also visit PetHarbor.com to search for animals at the Wichita Animal Shelter.

One way you can help me do my job better is by licensing your pet with the city. Licensing your pet is easy. When you go in for your next vet visit, tell the staff you need to license your dog or cat and a tag will be provided. The cost is $10 annually ($15 for pets not spayed/neutered). An annual rabies vaccination is required to license your pet.

The following vets have tags available: El Paso Animal Hospital, Rainbow Valley Veterinary Clinic, Tanglewood Veterinary Clinic, Blair Doon Veterinary Hospital and Rose Hill Veterinary Health Center.

If you do not go to any of the vets listed above, come to City Hall at 611 Mulberry Rd. to purchase your tag. Our business hours are Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please bring proof of a rabies vaccination.

If you need more information about licensing your pet, call 316.788.1519 or visit DerbyKS.com/PetLicense. If you have any questions about animal control, you can reach me by calling 788-1557.  

Tori Brown
Animal Control Officer

Published in the Derby Informer on Feb. 20, 2019.