Mayor Nutter recently signed into law a bill that provides a break for some dog owners.
"All licensing fees for guide dogs for the blind, or guide dogs for any other handicapped person or for government-owned dogs used for law enforcement shall be waived," the law reads. 
Also, anyone over 65 gets the license for half price.
The standard annual fees are $40 for intact dogs, $16 for neutered dogs.
It is law that all dogs must be licensed and the city is slowly gearing up to enforce the law.
Having a license helps authorities return your dog if lost or stolen, but it is the law in any event, and the license fee can increase the money that goes to the city's shelter, which is money well spent.