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Dog & Cat Licensing
Dog License

Licensing Your Cat or Dog is Easy!
The City of Fort Madison requires that all dogs and cats over the age of six months be licensed.  The first time licensing process is easy.  Bring in your most current, valid and unexpired rabies vaccination certificate and a receipt showing proof of spay or neuter to the Fort Madison City Offices located at 811 Avenue E, Fort Madison, during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

The cost is $5.00 for an animal that is spayed or neutered and $15.00 for an animal that is not.  You will then be issued a license certificate and also a license tag for your cat or dog to wear.  All licenses are issued for the calendar year and expire on December 31 of each calendar year.  License renewals may be made without penalty during the months of October, November and December for the following year. The penalty after January 1 is $5.00 ($10.00 for an animal that is spayed or neutered/$20.00 for an animal that is not). There are no penalty fees after January 1 if it is a newly acquired pet or if the pet is six months of age or younger.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When do dogs or cats need to be licensed?  All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of six months or within five days after the pet has been adopted.

May a dog run at large? It is unlawful for any dog to run at large within the City limits of Fort Madison.

What happens if I don't license my pet? The owner of any cat or dog that is picked up without a license can be cited and fined.  Also, licensed pets can be held at the animal impound longer than unlicensed animals before euthanization.

My animal never leaves my house or my yard, why should I register it?  Pet owners would like to believe that their pet will never get out of the house or out of the yard, even if it is fenced in or they are with it all the time.  Chances are your pet will wander off at some point in its life.

What does it cost if I don't license my pet?  If your pet is picked up and placed in the City's impound facility, you will be charged a $20.00 impound fee and you will also be charged $3.00 for each day your pet is held in impound.  Your pet cannot be released from the impound facility without a license and a penalty will be charged for the late license application. 

Reasons to License

Licensing reunites lost pets with their owners faster
A license can be traced 24 hours a day, every day of the year by the Fort Madison Police Department.  Rabies tags can only be traced through the issuing veterinary clinic and only when the clinic is open.  The City of Fort Madison does not have identification chip scanners.

Licensing encourages owners to spay or neuter their pets through staggered fees
The license fee is differential - $5.00 for spayed and neutered animals and $15.00 for unaltered animals - and was designed to encourage people to spay or neuter their pets in order to try and reduce the number of unwanted pets.  Pet overpopulation is a major problem and leads to overcrowding at shelters and the euthanization of far too many pets.

Where do I pay my license fee?
The Fort Madison City Offices are open Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.  Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day.  Cash, check or credit card may be used in order to pay for the license.

I need more information!
If you have any questions, please contact the City of Fort Madison at (319) 372-7700 x 201.

REMEMBER - on time licensing only costs $5.00 for a spayed/neutered pet or $15.00 for an unaltered pet.  Isn't that a small price to pay for our friends and companions, our pets?

SOMETHING NEW - PAW Fort Madison Animal Shelter, 2031 48th Street, Fort Madison, Iowa is an authorized pet licensing agent of the City of Fort Madison.  In cooperation with the City of Fort Madison, PAW Fort Madison Animal Shelter will license your pet during the adoption process saving you the time and trouble of going to City Hall to license your dog or cat.  Furthermore, when it is time to renew your pet license, PAW Fort Madison Animal Shelter can handle that too!  7 days a week!  Call PAW Fort Madison Animal Shelter at (319) 372-2274 for more information.