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DNS Animal Fees

All dogs and cats over the age of five months, residing in the City of Milwaukee, must be licensed annually. Lack of a dog/cat license for your pet could result in you receiving a citation for each unlicensed pet. Anyone interested in obtaining a dog/cat license should call the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) at 414-649-8640 or visit madacc.org/services/ to license your pet. Note: A $1.00 processing fee is added to all online & mail-in licenses. Online pet licensing can be done here. MADACC is located at 3839 W. Burnham St, West Milwaukee, WI 53215. 

January 1st - March 31st:
$12 Altered
$24 Unaltered 

After April 1st:
$18* Altered
$36* Unaltered
(These fees include late fees after this date)

Dog and Cat Redemption Fees

A. Wisconsin State Statute as well as Milwaukee County and Municipal Ordinance require that dogs and cats 5 months of age and older must be up-to-date on rabies inoculations and licensing prior to leaving MADACC.  If your dog or cat has not been vaccinated against rabies or the vaccination has expired, you must go to your veterinarian, pay for the rabies vaccination in advance and bring the "Prepayment Receipt" with you at the time you claim your pet.

B. Proof of a current Milwaukee County dog or cat license is required.

C. Fees involved in the return of your dog or cat vary depending on the area the animal was found, length of stay at the shelter, and the need for purchase of a current license.  Following is a brief explanation of what types of fees are to be expected:

  • Ordinance Fee: Municipal fee for animal running at large. These range from $3.00 to $60.00.
  • Impound Fee: A $30.00 impound fee is charged for the handling/pick-up of the animal per occurance.
  • Board Fee: A board fee of $15.00 per calendar day the animal is housed at the facility.
  • License Fee: If you are unable to show evidence that the pet is current with a Milwaukee County License, you must apply for one at the time you claim your lost animal.

D. Current identification such as a valid Wisconsin driver's license must be shown at the time you claim your lost pet.

Other animal fees administered by DNS

Animal Fancier Permit: $60.96, Late Fee: $25.40* 

Animal Keeping Permit: $71.12, Late Fee: $30.48*

Beekeeping Permit: $81.28*

Chicken Keeping Permit: $35.56*

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Permit: $55.88*

*Includes training and technology surcharge 1.6%

Contact the Deptartment of Neighborhood Services for details and applications at 414-286-5771. 

City of Milwaukee Department of Administration Director Sharon Robinson 

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

 Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, Room 105, Milwaukee, WI 53202

 Lake Tower, 4001 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221



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