WISCONSIN PET REGULATIONS

RESTRICTIONS FOR DOG AND CAT OWNERSHIP BY MUNICIPALITY

Wisconsin pet ownership laws can vary greatly even from one town to the next. How many pets can you have? Is there a limit to the number of cats or dogs you can own? What shots do you need to get your pet? Does your dog or cat need to be licensed? Find out the answers to all of your pet ownership questions by clicking on your local municipality below.

Information for Byron – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

The State of Wisconsin requires all dog owners to have a rabies license for their dogs which are usually available through local municipalities. Residents of Byron may apply for a license with Fond du Lac County.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $2.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $5.00
  • Late Fee: $5.00

Byron Pet Limits:

  • No more than 4 dogs per home (exception for puppies with a permit)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

There are some additional exceptions for how many pets you are allowed to own. Puppies and kittens are allowed to stay with their mother until they are old enough to be safely vaccinated.

Directions from Byron to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head north on WI-175 N toward County Hwy F/County Rd F (6.0 mi)
  • Continue onto S Main St
  • Destination will be on the right

Vaccinations and annual booster shots are all available at Animal Wellness Center. If you are a Byron pet owner, now is the time to make an appointment for your dog or cat.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Caledonia – Racine County Pet Owners

Rabies licenses are required by the State of Wisconsin to reduce the spread of this deadly disease. Dogs in Caledonia must be licensed by January 31st, earlier than most other municipalities in southeast Wisconsin. As a result, it is important to know exactly what you need when getting your dog’s license. You must bring paperwork showing your dog has received their latest shots with you to the municipal offices.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $15.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $25.00
  • Late Fee: $10.00

Cats are not required to have their own license in Racine County.

Caledonia Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 5 months of age)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

Directions from Caledonia to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head east on 5 1/2 Mile Rd (0.5 mi)
  • Turn left onto Howell Rd (0.5 mi)
  • Slight left onto WI-38 N/WI-38 Trunk N (4.0 mi)
  • Use the right lane to continue on S Howell Ave (384 ft)
  • Turn right onto WI-100 E/E Ryan Rd
  • Continue to follow WI-100 E (2.9 mi)
  • Turn left onto S Chicago Rd
  • Destination will be on the right

Owners who are caught without the rabies license may face a fine. To arrange your pet’s vaccinations, contact Animal Wellness Center of Oak Creek now.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Cudahy – Milwaukee County Pet Owners

Pet owners living in Cudahy must follow the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) which requires all dogs and cats to be licensed. The license is proof your dog or cat has received their rabies vaccinations. Cats are required to have a license in Cudahy.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $12.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $24.00
  • Late Fee: $6-$12

Any puppy or kitten over 5 months old must have a license by July 1st:

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $6.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $12.00

City of Cudahy Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 pets per home (exception for puppies and kittens under 5 months of age)
  • Pit bulls require a special permit

Cudahy Directions to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Follow S Packard Ave to N Chicago Ave 7 min (2.2 mi)
  • Drive to S Chicago Ave in Oak Creek

The license must be renewed each year. Fortunately, Animal Wellness Center veterinarians are available to ensure your dog or cat is up-to-date on their shots so you can avoid paying a fine. We also offer preventative care and other treatment plans to keep your pets happy and healthy.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Eden – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

Dog and cat licenses are used by the State of Wisconsin to keep track of which pets have received their legally required rabies vaccinations. Pet owners in Eden may apply for a license with Fond du Lac County. Check with the Eden Community Center to learn more details about licensing your pets.

  • Late Fee: $5.00

Eden Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 3 months of age)
  • No more than 2 cats per home (exception for kittens under 6 months of age)

Directions from Eden, WI, to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head west on Sheridan St toward Fond Du Lac Ave (0.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto US-45 N/Fond Du Lac Ave (5.5 mi)
  • Turn left onto E Pioneer Rd (1.8 mi)
  • Turn left onto S Main St
  • Destination will be on the left

You are legally required to have your dog vaccinated for rabies. The veterinary staff of the Animal Wellness Center recommends cats also receive the vaccine, regardless of if you need a license. Our trained experts will help you keep your pet healthy.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Fond du Lac – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

The city of Fond du Lac requires cats and dogs to be licensed to live within city limits. Applications are due by March 31st and must be renewed each year to show your pets are up-to-date with their rabies vaccination. The vets of Animal Wellness Center will provide records of your pet’s rabies vaccination.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $10.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $20.00
  • Late Fee: $10.00

If you move to Fond du Lac with your pets after the March 31st deadline, you have 30 days to apply for a license with no late fees.

City of Fond du Lac Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3-4 pets per home (multiple pet license available for $25)

You only need a license for pets over 5 months of age, since many puppies and kittens cannot be vaccinated until they reach a certain size and weight.

Directions from Fond du Lac to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head south on S Main St toward 5th St (377 ft)
  • Continue straight to stay on S Main St
  • Destination will be on the left

Visit Fond du Lac’s Animal Wellness Center to get the necessary vaccinations for your cat or dog. We will provide the documentation you need for your license application. Stop by for a Meet & Greet with our staff or tour the facility! We can’t wait to meet you and your furry family member!

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Marblehead – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

Dog licenses are legally required for dog owners in the State of Wisconsin. Since Marblehead is unincorporated, pet owners should go through Fond du Lac to get their licenses. Cats do not require a license, though a rabies vaccination is still recommended to keep your feline safe and healthy.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $15.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $20.00
  • Late Fee: $5.00

Town of Marblehead Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 3 months of age)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

Pets under 5 months do not need a license until they are old enough to receive their vaccinations.

Directions to Animal Wellness Center from Marblehead:

  • Head west on Lime Rd toward Co Rd V (79 ft)
  • Turn right onto Co Rd V (1.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto Co Rd K (2.0 mi)
  • Turn left onto US-45 N/Fond Du Lac Ave (1.0 mi)
  • Turn left onto E Pioneer Rd (1.8 mi)
  • Turn left onto S Main St
  • Destination will be on the left

Marblehead pet owners should make sure their pet is vaccinated and licensed right away. Contact our veterinary staff to learn more about legally required shots for dogs and cats in Wisconsin.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for North Prairie – Waukesha County Pet Owners

The Village of North Prairie requires all dogs and cats to be licensed. Dog owners must only provide proof their pet has received their latest rabies vaccinations while cat owners must show proof their cat is spayed/neutered and vaccinated.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $15.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $17.00
  • Spayed/Neutered Cats: $6.00
  • Unaltered Cats: $11.00

North Prairie Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home
  • No more than 2 cats per home (exception for kittens under 5 months of age)

If you are moving to North Prairie and have more than 2 dogs, don’t worry! You will not be forced to give away your pets. Instead, you must get a license for each additional pet at the time of your move and each subsequent year. Current North Prairie residents may not exceed the 2 pet limit, except in the case of puppies and kittens who are unable to be separated from their mother or handlers.

North Prairie Directions to Animal Wellness Center of Waukesha:

  • Head north on County Rd E/N Main St toward W Sadd St
  • Continue to follow County Rd E 4.3 mi
  • At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Sunset Dr
  • Destination will be on the right

If your pet does not have a North Prairie license, it is time to come to Animal Wellness Center. We will use electronic medical records to keep tabs on which vaccinations and booster shot your pet needs each year.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Oak Creek – Milwaukee County Pet Owners

Oak Creek, like the rest of Milwaukee County, must follow the rules set forth by the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). All pet owners must have a license for dogs and cat over 6 months of age proving they have received a rabies vaccination.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $12.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $24.00
  • Late Fee: $12.00

Oak Creek Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 6 months of age)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

There are some additional exceptions for how many pets you are allowed in the city of Waukesha. Puppies and kittens are allowed to stay with their mother until they are fully weaned and able to be safely vaccinated.

Oak Creek Directions to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head south on S Chicago Rd toward Bonnie Dr. E
  • Destination will be on the left

While getting a rabies license is a legal requirement for Oak Creek pet owners, there are many other vaccinations recommended by Animal Wellness Center to protect your dog or cat from becoming sick. Our local veterinary clinic will provide all the necessary vaccinations your pet needs to be based on their lifestyle.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Oakfield – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

Oakfield residents must have their dog licensed each year by April 1st. This is a requirement of the State of Wisconsin to ensure pets are vaccinated for rabies. To get this license from the Oakfield Village Office, you will need to bring documentation from our Animal Wellness Center vets proving your dog has had their latest shots.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $5.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $10.00
  • Late Fee: $5.00

The late fee applies to any application received after April 1st with two exceptions: your dog is a puppy under 5 months of age or you adopt your dog after that date. In those cases, you should get a license once the puppy has had their first vaccination or within 30 days of adoption.

Oakfield Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 dogs per home
  • No more than 3 cats per home
  • No more than 3 pets total per home

There are some additional exceptions for how many pets you are allowed in the city of Waukesha. Puppies and kittens are allowed to stay with their mother until they are fully weaned and able to be safely vaccinated.

Directions from Oakfield to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head east on Co Rd D/E Church St toward N 1st St
  • Continue to follow Co Rd D (0.9 mi)
  • Turn left to stay on Co Rd D (4.0 mi)
  • Turn right to merge onto US-151 N (2.7 mi)
  • Take the WI-175 exit toward Main Street (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto WI-175 N (0.2 mi)
  • Continue onto S Main St
  • Destination will be on the right

Come to Animal Wellness Center to get everything you need for an Oakfield dog license. We welcome cats and dogs in need of checkups, vaccinations, and emergency procedures. Schedule a Meet & Greet at our Fond du Lac clinic to get to know our staff before bringing your pet.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Saylesville – Waukesha County Pet Owners

The State of Wisconsin requires all dogs to have a license, usually available through local municipalities, proving they have received the rabies vaccination and appropriate boosters. Since Saylesville in unincorporated, licenses may be obtained through the Town of Genesee. Dog licenses are available starting January 1st and must be purchased by March 31st to avoid a $5 late fee. You must bring evidence of rabies vaccination with you when applying for the license. Cat owners in Saylesville do not need a license.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $10.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $20.00
  • Late Fee: $10.00

Saylesville Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exceptions are made for puppies)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

A Hobby Kennel License is available for $50 for homes with more dogs then the allowed 2. This is only for homes capable of caring for multiple dogs in a kennel atmosphere.

Saylesville Directions to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head northwest on Point Dr toward Saylesville Rd (59 ft)
  • Turn right onto Saylesville Rd (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto Woods Rd (0.9 mi)
  • Turn right onto WI-59 E (1.0 mi)
  • Turn left onto Townline Rd (0.9 mi)
  • Turn right onto Wern Way (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto Sunset Dr
  • Destination will be on the left

Animal Wellness Center is located in Waukesha. Our expertly trained staff is certified to provide rabies vaccinations to meet local and state regulations for your pet. We will give you the necessary documentation to then get your municipal license for your dog.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Milwaukee – Milwaukee County Pet Owners

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) requires all dogs and cats living in Milwaukee County to have a license proving they have had their rabies vaccinations. The State of Wisconsin requires all dogs to have a license, usually available through local municipalities. Some areas require cats to have a license as well. Pitbull breeds are prohibited in South Milwaukee. Cats are required to have a license in South Milwaukee.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $12.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $24.00
  • Late Fee: $6-$12

Any puppy or kitten over 5 months old after July 1st must have a license as well:

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $6.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $12.00

South Milwaukee Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 pets per home (exception for puppies and kittens)

Directions from South Milwaukee to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head south on 10th Ave toward Madison Ave (0.2 mi)
  • Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto Marquette Ave (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto S Chicago Ave
  • Destination will be on the left

Your pets need to have their rabies vaccination and boosters to stay safe from illness and disease. Make your appointment with Animal Wellness Center now to get everything you need for your local South Milwaukee license.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for St. Francis – Milwaukee County Pet Owners

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) requires all dogs and cats living in Milwaukee County to have a license proving they have had their rabies vaccinations. This means St. Francis pet owners must apply for a license every year for each animal they own.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $12.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $24.00
  • Late Fee: $6-$12

Any puppy or kitten over 5 months old after July 1st must have a license as well:

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $6.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $12.00

St. Francis City Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 5 months of age)
  • No more than 2 cats per home (exception for kittens under 5 months of age)
  • Pitbull breeds are restricted in St. Francis

Directions from St. Francis to Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head west on E Norwich Ave toward S Pennsylvania Ave (0.2 mi)
  • Take WI-794 S and Nicholson Ave to S Chicago Rd in Oak Creek

Keep your pets safe and healthy with a visit to Animal Wellness Clinic. Once your dog or cat has received their latest vaccinations, you will be able to apply for your St. Francis license.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Taycheedah – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

The State of Wisconsin requires all dogs to have a license, usually available through local municipalities. Some areas require cats to have a license as well.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $3.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $8.00
  • Late Fee: $5.00

Pet Limitations in Taycheedah:

  • No limit specified on pets per home (contact your local officials for more information)

In the case of young animals, there are exceptions to how many are allowed to live at a single home. This is to prevent puppies and kittens from being prematurely separated from their mother.

Directions to Animal Wellness Center from Taycheedah:

  • Head south on Calumet St toward Golf Course Dr (436 ft)
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Golf Course Dr (0.3 mi)
  • Turn right onto US-151 S (6.5 mi)
  • Turn right onto Camelot Dr (1.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto S Main St
  • Destination will be on the right

If your pet has not had a rabies vaccination or booster shot, it is time to come to Animal Wellness Center. We will give your dog or cat all their needed vaccinations and provide you the records you need to bring to the municipal offices.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Wales – Waukesha County Pet Owners

The Village of Wales has dog tags available for residents starting in mid-December, as required by the state of Wisconsin. You will need to bring proof of their rabies vaccination with you when applying for the dog license. This proof will be provided by your Animal Wellness Center veterinarian after your dog receives their shots. Cats do not need a license in the Village of Wales.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $10.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $20.00
  • Late Fee: $10.00

Wales Pet Limits:

  • No more than 3 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 3 months of age)
  • No limit specified on cats per home (contact your local officials for more information)

Puppies and kittens cannot be vaccinated for rabies until they reach a certain age and size, depending on their breed. As a result, they do not need to provide proof of their vaccinations until they are over 5 months old.

Directions to Animal Wellness Center from Wales:

  • Head northwest on N Elias St toward N Elias St (125 ft)
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto E Main St (0.5 mi)
  • Turn right to stay on E Main St (0.2 mi)
  • Continue onto Boettcher Rd (1.5 mi)
  • Turn right to stay on Boettcher Rd (0.5 mi)
  • Turn left onto Sunset Dr
  • Destination will be on the right

Schedule an appointment at Animal Wellness Center of Waukesha to get your pet fully vaccinated. We will give your dog or cat all vaccinations required by the Village of Wales.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information For Watertown – Jefferson & Dodge County Pet Owners

Dog & Cat Licenses Due January 1 Each Year

Licenses for dogs and cats are issued for the calendar year and expire December 31. You may receive a citation for pets not licensed by this date. Reminder cards will NOT be sent. New licenses are generally available in mid-December for the following calendar year. A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for licenses obtained after the last Friday in March. City ordinances require ALL dogs and cats to be licensed even if they do not go outside. Proof of a current rabies vaccination before issuing a dog license. There is no proof of rabies vaccination required for a cat.

License fees are:

  • Non-altered dog or cat: $10.00 yearly
  • Spayed/neutered dog or cat: $5.00 yearly

Are you a new pet owner or did you just move to Watertown? If so, below are the deadlines to license your pet:

  • When your pet is five (5) months of age and has obtained a rabies vaccination.
  • Within thirty (30) days of obtaining a dog or cat over five months of age, or
  • Within thirty (30) days of moving into the City with a dog or cat over five months of age.

License your pet at the Clerk/Treasurer’s Office, City Hall, 106 Jones Street, Watertown. For questions, please call (920) 262-4018.

Watertown Pet Limits:

No more than 4 dogs per home and no more than 5 cats per home, with the exception that a litter of pups or litter of kittens or a portion of litter may be kept for a period of time not exceeding four months from birth.

Watertown Directions to Gentle Healer Pet Clinic:

  • From Highway 16, head south on N Church St and make a left on West Spaulding St
  • Destination will be on the right

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Waukesha – Waukesha County Pet Owners

The City of Waukesha requires all dogs and cats to have a license as proof your pet has received their rabies vaccinations. This must be updated annually, as the license expires each December 31st. For pet owners in Waukesha, your dog or cat only needs a license if they are over 5 months of age before March 31st. You must apply for or renew your license by April 1st each year.

  • Spayed/Neutered Pets: $10.00
  • Unaltered Pets: $20.00
  • Late Fee: $10.00

Waukesha City Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 3 months of age)
  • No more than 2 cats per home (exception for kittens under 6 months of age)

There are some additional exceptions for how many pets you are allowed in the city of Waukesha. Puppies and kittens are allowed to stay with their mother until they are fully weaned and able to be safely vaccinated.

Directions to Waukesha’s Animal Wellness Center:

  • Head west on W Main St toward W Broadway (56 ft)
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W Broadway (0.2 mi)
  • Turn left onto W St Paul Ave (2.4 mi)
  • Turn right onto W Sunset Drive
  • Destination will be on the left

If your pet has not had a rabies vaccination or booster shot, it is time to come to Animal Wellness Center. We will give your dog or cat all their needed vaccinations and provide you the records you need to bring to the municipal offices. Our Waukesha facility is here to provide all the preventative care your furry family member needs.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Wind Point – Racine County Pet Owners

In Wind Point, dogs are required to have a rabies license which must be renewed each year. The license is used as proof your dog is up-to-date on all their legally required vaccinations. Cats are not required to have a license in Wind Point.

  • Spayed/Neutered Dogs: $15.00
  • Unaltered Dogs: $35.00
  • Late Fee: $10

Wind Point Directions to Animal Wellness Clinic:

  • Head west on E 4 Mile Rd toward Wind Point Rd (2.2 mi)
  • Turn right onto Douglas Ave (4.6 mi)
  • Continue onto S Chicago Rd
  • Destination will be on the right

Not getting your dog a rabies license can put them in danger if they ever run away or bite someone. The vets of Animal Wellness Center will give your dog their shots and provide you with the paperwork needed to apply for a license. While cats don’t need a license in Wind Point, they should be vaccinated as well.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

Information for Woodhull – Fond du Lac County Pet Owners

Pet owners in Woodhull may apply for a license with Fond du Lac County. Wisconsin requires all dogs to have a rabies license while cat licenses are optional. Both dogs and cats should receive their license through the county.

  • Late Fee: $5.00

Woodhull Pet Limits:

  • No more than 2 dogs per home (exception for puppies under 3 months of age)
  • No more than 2 cats per home (exception for kittens under 6 months of age)

In the case of baby animals, they do not need a license until they are old enough to receive their shots without endangering their health.

Directions to Animal Wellness Clinic from Woodhull:

  • Follow Co Rd Y to WI-23 E/WI-23 Trunk E 57 s (0.5 mi)
  • Follow WI-23 E/WI-23 Trunk E and I-41/US-41 S to Co Rd VVV/S Hickory St in Fond du Lac. Take exit 97 from I-41/US-41 S 8 min (7.3 mi)
  • Follow S Hickory St and W Pioneer Rd to S Main St

The vets of Animal Wellness Center recommend having your annual rabies license renewed shortly after a checkup at our Fond du Lac clinic. This way, you can be sure your dog or cat is healthy and legally covered.

Contact Animal Wellness Center to schedule a veterinary appointment and ensure your pet is healthy and meets the requirements of your area.

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