Minneapolis reduces pet license fees
The City of Minneapolis is reducing pet license fees in an effort to get more people to license their pets.
Beginning January 2012, the annual license fee for a spayed/neutered pet drops from $30 to $25. A $15 discount was also created for those individuals with limited incomes or those receiving public assistance. This new license type mirrors the existing discount for seniors age 65 or older.
Pet licensing is a major component of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control’s mission to create safe and healthy communities for people and pets, and it’s also the law. City ordinance requires the licensing of all dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets.
There are many benefits that come with licensing your pet. Licensed pets that stray away from home are three times more likely than unlicensed pets to be returned safely to their owners. If a licensed stray pet is picked up by Minneapolis Animal Care & Control or brought to the Animal Shelter, the animal gets a free ride home. Stray cats and dogs that come to the shelter without a visible license tag only have a 50 percent chance of going home.
Licensing your pet also helps other pets. Pet license fees pay for:
- Basic veterinary and emergency care for all stray animals
- Bite, animal cruelty and dangerous animal investigations and enforcement
- Efforts to find homes for stray and abandoned animals
- Enforcement of laws to ensure safe communities for people and pets
Licensing your pet is quick and easy. You can apply through the City by going online, calling 311, or visiting Minneapolis Animal Care & Control or the Minneapolis Development Review. Pet Licenses can also be purchased at two veterinary clinics – Westgate Pet Clinic and Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital – as well as with Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet.
For more information visit the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control website.
Published Dec. 16, 2011