The holidays are behind us and we are thinking about our end-of-the-year tasks that need to be done, like getting stuff together for taxes.  One thing that gets overlook is licensing our pets. I lived in the country most of my life, so moving to Duluth was a culture shock where pets are concerned.  My dog is now on a leash in the yard for safety concerns, his and that of people passing by.  If you haven't already filled out your 2016 Pet License yet, it's time and if you're renewing you can do it online this year.

Pet owners, whether you own a cat, dog or both are encouraged to learn more about the benefits of compliance, details about the revised rules and most importantly, to get their pets licensed through the Duluth City Clerk’s office.  If you live within the city limits and own a dog or cat, this means you.  Your annual license covers you from January 1 to December 31 and you're expected to renew it every year unless you buy a lifetime pet license.  If you licensed your pet last year you should have received a renewal notice in the mail.  The renewal notice will be accompanied by instructions for the new online renewal application system.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are applying for a NEW pet license, you must do that in person at the City Clerk's Office, City Hall, Room #330, 411 West First Street or by mail.

A  fee structure has been developed for pet licenses with different levels of fees depending on whether animals have been vaccinated and spayed/neutered.

Why should you license your pet?  Because pet owners who are not compliant with licensing requirements will be charged higher fees and could result in delays in getting their pets returned. If you own more than 4 dogs or cats you need to fill out a maximum pet license application.

Additional questions about the regulations can be directed to  (218) 730-5500.

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