Pet licenses now available online

Getting a license for your dog or cat offers extra protection for the four-legged members of your family. That’s because a pet that’s licensed is three times more likely to be returned to its owner than a pet that isn’t licensed. Still, only a very small percentage of dogs and cats in Minneapolis are licensed.

To help make getting a license easier and more convenient than ever, Minneapolis Animal Care and Control has launched a new online pet licensing system. For folks who already have their pets licensed, now is a perfect time to renew before the Jan. 31 deadline. If youve never licensed your pet before, now its as easy as taking a few minutes on the computer. You can access the new system at the Animal Control website.

Dogs and cats are required to be licensed in Minneapolis, and licensing provides real benefits to you and your pet, as well as animals throughout our community. Not only are licensed pets much easier to reunite with their owners, but if your animal goes missing and is picked up by Animal Care and Control, they receive a free ride home or impound.

Pet licensing also helps take care of animals in our community that need help. Through Minneapolis Animal Care & Control, license fees pay for basic vet care for stray animals, along with efforts to find homes for stray and abandoned animals. The funding also helps Animal Care and Control do animal cruelty and bite investigations, as well as handle dangerous animal cases.

To license your pet over the telephone or by mail, just call 311. To learn more, visit the Animal Care and Control website.

Published Jan. 12, 2010