As the holidays draw near, we begin to think about end-of-the-year tasks that need to be completed (like getting info together to file for taxes)!  One thing we 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 2015 Pet License yet, it's time. (Yes, that's MY dog in the picture.  I came into the bedroom and found him using my neck pillow. Smart dog!)

The City of Duluth Animal Services program is helping Duluth residents keep their pets safe and protected. Pet owners 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 runs 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 receive a renewal notice in the mail this month, if you haven't already.

NOTE: Proceeds from the license fees, minus any city administrative costs, are placed into a fund that is used for the operation of the city animal control program. This fund shall supplement animal control operations.

Things to note:

There is a lifetime pet license available for pet owners who can show proof of up to date vaccinations, rabies shots and spayed or neutered pets. Annual licenses are still available.

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

There are benefits for pet owners who are diligent and compliant with licensing requirements (vaccinations/sterilization) such as:

  • Having 24 hours to retrieve an impounded pet without incurring a fee,
  •  Animal Services will offer a one-time free ride home for licensed stray or lost pets,
  •  Licensed pets that get impounded at the Animal Shelter and stay beyond 24 hours can be reclaimed by paying a fee (reduced from previous years);

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 pets you will need to apply for a maximum pet license. [Maximum Pet License Application]

The program aims to unite lost or stray animals with their owners as quickly as possible. Animal Services goal is to provide quality customer service and responsiveness to animal well-being.

Duluth Animal Services encourages pet owners to license their pets and be diligent about vaccinations. Pet licenses can be purchased through the Duluth City Clerk’s office located in Duluth City Hall, room 330 (411West First Street).

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

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