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Pet Licensing

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Pet Licenses

The City of Janesville would like to remind Janesville pet owners that a city license is required for all dogs and cats residing within the city limits.

All cats and dogs, 5 months and older, are required to be licensed. A valid rabies vaccination certificate is required for licensing. A license can be obtained from the Clerk-Treasurer's Office at City Hall located at 18 N. Jackson Street.  Licenses are $15 for animals that are spayed or neutered (proof required) and $25 for animals that have not been spayed or neutered. License renewals may be purchased through March 31 of each year; after March 31, a $30 late fee will be charged. The fine for keeping an unlicensed dog or cat in the city limits is $263.50. (Municipal Code 8-2)

When a dog or cat is reclaimed or adopted at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, the owner is provided written notification that they have thirty days to obtain a city license. The cost to taxpayers for care of animals at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is $125,000 per year. In 2017, the City of Janesville issued 4,425 dog licenses and 1,175 cat licenses. The burden on all city taxpayers would be reduced if animal owners would comply with licensing requirements.

In 2007, the Janesville Police Department began taking a more enforcement-oriented stance towards owners of unlicensed animals and other animal-related ordinances. Enforcement begins with those city residents who have recently adopted or reclaimed an animal at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin and who have failed to vaccinate and license the animal after thirty days. This strategy was put in place because previous efforts to educate and warn citizens of the requirement and importance of licensing dogs and cats did not result in compliance with licensing requirements.

The City of Janesville and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin urge Janesville dog and cat owners to be responsible by complying with the laws on rabies vaccinations, licensing, leashes, and litter clean up.

For questions about animal licenses, please call 755-3073.

Click here to download the 2020 Pet License Application form.  2020 tags will be available for sale beginning Monday, December 2, 2019.

Click here to sign up for email reminders about Pet Licensing.

Paw Print Park Permit Tags

Dog owners who wish to take their dog to Paw Print Park, Janesville's fenced dog park located at Prairie Knoll Park on Oakhill Avenue near the Hwy 11 bypass, must purchase a permit tag. Permit tags can be obtained from two City Hall locations, the Clerk-Treasurer's Office or the Parks & Recreation Division (18 N. Jackson Street). A Paw Print Park permit may not be purchased without a current dog license. The cost for a Paw Print Park permit is $15 for the first dog ($10 if the owner is age 60 or older) and $5 for each additional dog. For questions, please call 755-3030.

Animal License Form and Paw Print Park Application Available Online
The City of Janesville animal license form and the Paw Print Park permit application are online and available for printing. Individuals are now able to request their pet license or Paw Print Park permit tag by mail.

To purchase a pet license by mail, owners will need to send a copy of their rabies vaccination certificate along with a license application form and payment check. Proof that their pet has been spayed or neutered is required for those owners wishing to receive the discounted rate. There will be a $1 additional fee for mailed requests, as the City of Janesville will need to mail the license tag for the pet's collar to the resident. Applications received by mail post-marked after March 31 will be assessed the $10 late fee. For questions, call 755-3073.

Click here to download a 2020 Pet License Application form.