Getting Massachusetts Animal Friendly License Plate Can Help Thousands!

PoundHounds is just one of many non-profit animal welfare groups that have received money through the Massachusetts license plate program. Over the last five years, we have received approximately $40,000 in grant money that comes directly from Animal Friendly license plate registrations and renewals. With this money, we have ensured that over 225 dogs in over 22 towns across Massachusetts were spayed/neutered prior to adoption. We provide these funds to Animal Control Officers to bring abandoned and homeless dogs to local vets, and we use other donations to fund vaccinations, antibiotics, heartworm tests and pain medication, as needed, to ensure that these dogs receive quality care as part of the spay/neuter surgery.

Please help us continue to help many more dogs. Choose the Animal-Friendly license plate for your car. Thank you.

Massachusetts Has An Animal Friendly License Plate! Get Yours Today!

Q. Are the license plates available to the general public?
A. Beginning September 1st of 2004, the license plates became available in all full-service Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) branches and on the RMV's website.

Q. How do I get an animal friendly license plate?

  1. You can go to an RMV branch to exchange your current plate.
  2. Visit the RMV's website.
    Click on "Order Special Plates" on the right of the page
    Read the information on transactions with the RMV and then click Order Special Plates" on the left of the page.
    Scroll down and hit "continue" at the bottom of the page.

Q. What if I have a question about exchanging my current license plate with the Animal Friendly plate?
A. The best resource is your local RMV branch. They also have a form on their website ( for comments and questions. A lot of information on transactions can be found on the RMV website.

Q. How much money from the plates will go to animal-related programs?
A. From the initial purchase of a plate, $28 will go to a program administered by the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC). Upon renewal, the entire $40 will go to the MAC program. There is a $20 swap fee to exchange plates.

Q. How will the funds be distributed?
A. Through a grant process, the funds from this license plate are distributed to qualified animal welfare organizations to support spay/neuter programs.

Q. How can I get posters and flyers for my facility or local businesses to help publicize the license plate?
A. Contact or 617-541-5101 to arrange to have these sent to you or for you to pick them up.