It’s now more affordable to license your pet
To encourage more people to license their pets, the City has reduced its pet license fees. The annual license fee for a spayed/neutered dog or cat has been reduced from $30 to $25. Thanks to a $15 discount, seniors and individuals receiving public assistance can license their spayed/neutered dog or cat for $10.
Here’s another incentive to buy a pet license: the new I Love My Pet incentive program offers valuable discounts and special promotions to folks who license their pets. Thanks to Animal Control’s partnership with dozens of local businesses, people who purchase a pet license receive discounts at dog groomers, dog trainers, pet boarders and non-pet businesses such as restaurants, photography studios, jewelry stores and more. For a complete of participating businesses go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/animals/index.htm.
Pet licensing is a major component of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control’s mission to create safe and healthy communities for people and pets. Minneapolis has more than 14,650 licensed pets, which have generated $421,345 in revenue. 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.
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.
City ordinance requires that dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets are licensed, and 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 Minneapolis Development Review.
In addition to purchasing your pet license online, through 311, at Minneapolis Development Review or the Animal Shelter, 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 Outlets in Minneapolis. In the coming weeks, licenses can also be purchased at Minnehaha Animal Hospital and Pet Doctors.
If you’re thinking of adding a pet to your household, the folks at Animal Care & Control urge you to check out the Pet of the Week. In 2011, Animal Care & Control facilitated more than 1,400 pet adoptions. Learn more about Minneapolis Animal Care & Control.
Published Jan. 4, 2012