It is required by Wisconsin State Statue for all dog and cat owners in Milwaukee County to license their pets. Simply stated, a tagged animal is much easier to reunite with his/her owner. Please see our brochure about the benefits animals with licenses receive when found while wearing a current license should they happen to be found as a stray in the community: All municipalities in Milwaukee County now use the same fee structure for licensing.

Dog and Cat License Fees:

All dogs and cats over 5 months:

    • • Altered animals (spayed or neutered): $12 (After April 1, there is a late fee of $6 assessed)
  • • Intact animals (ones that can still breed): $24 (After April 1, there is a late fee of $12 assessed)

Puppies/Kittens 5 months old after July 1:

    • • Altered animals (spayed or neutered): $6
  • • Intact animals (ones that can still breed): $12

Note: A $1.00 processing fee is added to all online & mail-in licenses

At MADACC, we offer a convenient way to license, vaccinate against rabies (required for a pet license) and microchip through our “ONE STOP” program. If you choose to come in person to MADACC to license your pet, please leave them at home unless you are getting them a rabies shot during walk in hours. Online pet licensing is also available on our website.

Online pet licensing.

A list of vets MADACC partners with to sell pet licenses.

Why is it important to get a pet license?

Wisconsin State Statute requires that all dogs and cats over five months of age must have a current rabies tag and license tag-it’s the law! Pet licenses are considered permits mandating specified responsibility and privileges of ownership. Licenses provide identification for your pet’s protection and safety and can help assure that you can be reunited with your lost pet.

If your animal is wearing a current license when found, MADACC will bring your pet home once a year for FREE as part of our Licensing Incentive Program.

Pet licenses provide funding for the rescue, shelter and care for the County’s lost, injured, abandoned and mistreated animals. They also provide important information on dog populations in cities and can affect how government resources are allocated to fund dog related programs.

When do pet licenses expire?

Your pet’s license expires December 31st each year. You need to get a new license every year for each dog and cat over 5 months that you own.

What happens if I lose my license tag?

Current pet license tags can be replaced at MADACC for $2.


    • • Low Cost Spay/Neuter
    • • Dog Park Permits
    • • End of Life Services
    • • City of Milwaukee Pit Bull Rottweiler Ordinance Information
    • • Microchipping
  • • Low Cost Vaccines

Not sure who to call in Milwaukee County for animal related assistance between Wisconsin Humane Society or MADACC? Use click here to see where to look for help.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter

MADACC’s Low-Cost Cat & Dog Spay/Neuter Program for Milwaukee County Residents (Please note that we do not give the series of puppy/kitten shots – we will only provide the final shot in the series. If you have a new puppy or kitten you will need to go to a veterinarian to get an initial exam and begin the series of shots there under veterinary supervison). Please note we do not perform surgical procedures for animals over 120lbs!:

    • • Female dog: $95.00 (81-100 pounds is an extra $40 and 101 – 120 pounds is $80 extra)
    • • Male dog: $80.00 (81-100 pounds is an extra $40 and 101 – 120 pounds is $80 extra)
    • • Female cat: $65.00
    • • Male cat: $65.00
    • • Rabies Vaccine: $15.00
    • • Distemper Vaccination $15.00
    • • Bordetella Vaccination (surgery clients only) $15.00
    • • Heartworm Test (surgery clients only) $25.00
    • • Microchip $25.00
    • • E-Collar $10.00
  • • Cardboard Carrier $5.00

Pet License: $12.00 Altered, $24.00 Unaltered, Late fee after March 31st.

All surgeries include an examination by a veterinarian. All animals must have a current rabies vaccination and current Milwaukee County pet license or the owner must be willing to have their animals rabies vaccinated ($15) and licensed at MADACC at the time of the spay/neuter surgery.

Sign-up for surgeries will be on a first come, first serve basis and must be done in person at MADACC (3839 W. Burnham St., West Milwaukee) before the surgery date. All fees must be paid upfront and check-in form and surgery consent form completed at MADACC. No refunds.

All patients must be 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds.

Adult dogs (patients 5 months and older) should have no food after 9:00 pm (water is okay) the night before surgery. Adult cats and puppies and kittens (patients 5 months and under), should have breakfast the morning of surgery. Water is okay anytime.

Dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier (one cat to a carrier except for litters of kittens).

Pet drop-off at MADACC between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and pick-up the same day at or before 6:00 pm. Any pet not picked up by 7:00 pm the same day of surgery will be charged a $20 per day boarding fee. If the pet is not picked up in 24 hours of surgery, it will constitute abandonment and the animal will become the property of MADACC.

To make an appointment you must come in to MADACC in person to prepay and sign pre-surgical paperwork. Please leave your pets at home when you come in to schedule surgery. For more information on the process, please call MADACC at (414) 649-8640.

Low Cost Vaccines

MADACC offers walk-in opportunities for vaccinations each week for low cost rabies and distemper (combo) vaccines for dogs and cats (call 414-649-8640 before you come to make sure the vet will be in that day). Each vaccine is $15, but if you get both at your appointment, we give a discount and charge only $25 for both vaccines.

Up coming dates:

9/17 – 10 am -1 pm

9/18 – 10 am -1 pm

9/24 – 10 am -1 pm

9/25 – 10 am -1 pm

9/29 – 9:30-11:30 am


MADACC encourages all pet owners to microchip their pets. MADACC provides this service low-cost for $25, which includes registration. Microchipping pets is a simple, inexpensive way to permanently identify your pet and provides less chance that someone will steal your pet and leave you with no way to positively identify and prove ownership of your animal.  All animals that enter MADACC are scanned for a microchip.

Dog Park Permits

All dogs who visit Milwaukee County dog parks are required to not only be up to date on their rabies vaccination and licensed, they also must have a dog park permit which can be purchased at MADACC. Please leave your pets at home when you come in to get the permit. 

    • • One year dog park permit: $30
    • • Senior: $15
    • • Person with disability: $15
    • • Additional Dog (for multiple owners): $15
  • • Replacement Tag: $20

Dogs off-leash locations are listed at the County Parks website. 

City of Milwaukee Pit Bull and Rottweiler Ordinance

There is a seminar for required for compliance with the City of Milwaukee Pit Bull & Rottweiler Ordinance (Spanish version)that is presented by the City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services. These classes are held twice a month at MADACC.

To find out when the next class is, and to register, please call MADACC at 414-649-8640.

End of Life Services for Companion Animals

MADACC provides euthanasia services for unwanted owned animals brought to the shelter and signed over by the owner for euthanasia request. There is a $100.00 fee per animal for this euthanasia/cremation service.

Unfortunately, MADACC cannot allow owners to stay with animals during euthanasia, and cannot provide ashes to owners afterward. Should you prefer either of those options, please check with your veterinarian or contact a mobile veterinarian for those services.

MADACC cannot allow animals that are brought in to be euthanized to leave our facility for burial in a yard as the drugs used can enter the food chain and water supply. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Animals that pass away at home can be brought to MADACC for cremation for a $25 fee.

Licensing Incentive Program

Remember, MADACC has a wonderful licensing incentive program where animals found wearing a current license tag are eligible for a FREE ride home without penalty each year, often not having to come into our facility at all! Learn more here.