You must license dogs and cats that are five months of age after the last day of March within 30 days or before reaching six months of age. Proof of rabies vaccination is required before licenses will be issued. License tags must be attached to a collar, and this collar must be kept on the licensed dog or cat for which the license. All licenses expire on December 31.
License Availability & Fees
Licenses are available at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission
(MADACC) or at the Treasurer's Office.
- Altered (Neutered or Spayed) Animal: $12* ($18 Late Fee)
- Unaltered Animal: $24* ($36 Late Fee)
*License late fees apply if the owner fails to obtain a license:
- by March 31 of each year
- before the pet reaches six months of age
- within 30 days of Wauwatosa residency
MADACC also offers other low-cost services for domestic animals.
Fees are determined by the State of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Wauwatosa.
The maximum number of both dogs and cats over the age of three months kept on any one property or dwelling unit is limited to a total of three animals, with no more than two of either species being female.
Frequent or habitual noises by either dogs or cats may be considered a nuisance and are prohibited. The owner or walker of any dog or cat must carry a feces scoop and is responsible for its acts on either public or private property. Property should be cleaned up immediately. Dogs and cats must be maintained in a clean, healthy, and sanitary environment. Animals may not run at large. Leashes may not exceed 10' in length.
Penalties for all of these laws are set forth in the Wauwatosa Code of Ordinances