Pet Safety and License information


dog&catPet Safety in the Winter Months

Although most of us do not want to admit it, winter is coming soon. Preparing now to keep your pet safe can save time, money and most importantly your pets life. (Tips provided by Purebred Breeders)

  • In the beginning of the cold months, your pets winter coat is just starting to thicken. If you see your pet shivering, he may need a sweater. No pet should be left outside for long periods of time or in below zero temperatures.
  • After a walk, wipe paws and belly with warm water to remove rock salt, antifreeze or any other chemical she may lick off.
  • It may be necessary to increase food portions, because regulating temperatures requires more energy.
  • Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are pet poisons, keep them away from pets (and children).
  • Ears, foot pads and the tips of the tail are most vulnerable to frost bite. Be sure to thoroughly dry your pet after being?outside.

Good public health practice requires that all domesticated animals (dogs, cats, ferrets and potbellied pigs) are licensed by five months of age and vaccinated against rabies. Compliance with the rabies vaccination requirement helps bite victims avoid a series of injections and costly animal quarantine fees. Licensing helps identify an animal if a pet is lost and supports animal control services provided by the City of Racine.

“An unlicensed or unvaccinated animal is a public health concern. Vaccinating an animal and buying a license is a cost-effective way to protect not only the animal’s health, but the community as well,” said Marcia Fernholz, Environmental Health Division Director,?City of Racine Health Department. The deadline for obtaining animal licenses is January 31st as mandated under local ordinance.

Chapter 10 of the City of Racine Municipal Code requires domesticated animals to be vaccinated and licensed (dogs, cats, ferrets and?potbellied pigs). A current rabies vaccination certificate and payment is required before a license may be issued. All animal licenses are good for the calendar year and expire on December 31st. A license for a neutered animal is $11.00 (proof of spay or neuter must be provided). Senior citizens, 65 years and older, may purchase a license for $6.00 neutered only. A license for a non-neutered animal is $36.00. After January 31st of each year a late fee of $10.00 per animal is assessed. A pet owner has 30 days after obtaining a new animal to purchase a license.

Pet fanciers permits are required if you live in a single family home and have more than three animals. The maximum limit of animals?is seven if you live in a single family home and meet all criteria.?Pet License Applications are available at the City of Racine Environmental Health office, the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus and at (animal application).
730 Washington Avenue, Room 1, Racine, WI
Dogs, Cats, Pet Fanciers, Ferrets and Pot-Bellied Pigs
All applicants must provide a completed application, a current rabies?vaccination certificate and proper payment
In-Person: Monday to Friday 8am-11:55am and 1pm-4:30pm, By Mail: Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Environmental Health Division, Room 1 City Hall,
730 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI 53403.
Your license and proof of vaccination will be mailed to you.
By Fax: Fax a completed application (including credit card payment
information) and a current rabies vaccination certificate to: 262-636-9165.
Your license and proof of vaccination will be mailed to you.

2706 Chicory Road, Racine, WI
Dogs and Cats ONLY
In Person:
Monday through Friday 12pm to 8pm and
Saturday 10am to 6pm