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Main Phone: 262-636-9201
After-hours Public Health Emergencies:
730 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 4:55 P.M.
Closed 11:55 AM – 1 PM
Animal control and protection services are provided
by the City of Racine Police Department. These include following up on animal
mistreatment, neglect, and complaints regarding no food, water, or shelter.
County Non-Emergency Dispatch at 262-886-2300.
Sheltering services are provided by Wisconsin
Humane Society Racine Campus.
Visit their website:Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus
City of Racine Public Health Department
The City of Racine Public Health Department - Environmental Health Division provides resources to understand the requirements for the care and licensing of animals:
Animal Nuisance and Waste Complaints
Animal Bites and Rabies Control
Animal Complaint Form
All domesticated animals (dogs, cats, potbellied pigs, and ferrets) are required by City ordinance to be licensed. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are also required to be vaccinated against rabies.
A new license, which expires December 31st, must be purchased each calendar year. Any license renewed after March 31st will be assessed a $5 late fee (new animals licensed within 30 days are exempt from a late fee).
Application for Pet License
Licenses may be purchased at either the City of Racine Public Health Department - Environmental Health Division (Racine City Hall, Room 1) or the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus. The Application for Pet License and other required documentation (Rabies Certificate and Proof of Spay/Neuter) may also be emailed to
PublicHealth@cityofracine.org. See Application for Pet License (above) for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any individual wishing to keep chickens within the City limits must apply for a permit. A number of requirements and guidelines for the keeping of chickens within the City are specified in
Racine Municipal Code, Section 10-6 Urban Chickens.
The fee to apply for a Chicken Permit is $55; this fee covers the permit for the calendar year only, and all permits expire on December 31st. A permit application and the associated fee must be submitted annually; an inspection of the premises must take place each year an application is submitted.
Applicants must also apply for and receive a permit from the Building Department; the fee for this permit is $80. Contact the Building Department at 262-636-9464 for more information.
Application for Chicken Permit
Any individual wishing to keep bees within the City limits must first apply for a permit from the Health Department. A number of requirements and guidelines for the keeping of bees within the City are specified in
Racine Municipal Code, Section 10-43 Beekeeping Permit.
There is no fee to apply for a Beekeeping Permit. After the application has been submitted an inspection of the premises must take place in order to issue the Beekeeping Permit.
Application for Beekeeping Permit
It is unlawful for a person to knowingly keep any dog which habitually barks, howls, or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries or howls, to the great discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. You may complete the animal nuisance complaint form, available below, to file a nuisance/noise complaint.
Please Note: The Animal Nuisance Complaint Form must be signed in front of a Notary Public. A Notary Public is available in the Environmental Health Division Office during regular business hours, as well as in the City of Racine Clerk's Office.
Animal Nuisance Complaint Form
It is also unlawful to knowingly leave animal waste on public or private property other than your own. Keep this in mind when walking your dog, and know that it may be best to carry a plastic bag with you to avoid any problems. Dispose of the bag in a trash bin; do not place the waste down a storm drain. For a pet
waste complaint, have the address of the animal's owner when you call.
Application for Special Permit for Keeping Animals
Application for Ownership Permit for Certain Restricted Animals
City of Racine Municipal Code, Sec. 10-42: Part (1) references the Special Permit for Keeping Animals; Part (2) references the Ownership Permit for Certain Restricted Animals.
A person is allowed to keep three (3) domesticated animals in a single-family residence, and two (2) domesticated animals per unit of a multiple-family residence. If you live in a single-family residence and have more than three (3) animals you are required to obtain a Pet Fancier's Permit. This permit allows
you to keep up to seven (7) animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, potbellied pigs). Residents of a multiple-family residence may not obtain a pet fancier permit.
Note: Only one potbellied pig is allowed, regardless of residence or license type.
Application for Pet Fancier's License
Frequently Asked Questions
While animal bites alone are rarely life-threatening, they can easily become infected and cause serious medical problems. The mouths of dogs and cats, as well as other animals, can be filled with over 100 different types of bacteria and other disease-causing agents that can enter the wound. One such disease-causing agent
is the rabies virus. In Wisconsin, rabies is most often carried by bats, raccoons, and skunks.
Symptoms of rabies in your pet include a loss of appetite, erratic behavior, unusual episodes of aggression, dilated pupils, and constant growling/aggressive noises.
IF YOUR DOG OR CAT BITES SOMEONE
Informational Brochure If Your Animal Bites
Steps for the animal's owner:
Rabies Information Links:
Rabies Information - WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Rabies Information - WI Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Rabies
Rabies Information for Clinicians
QUARANTINING YOUR PET
The ten-day quarantine period ensures that the dog or cat remains available so that it can be observed for signs of rabies. It is important that the dog or cat under quarantine be strictly confined at all times to ensure that it cannot run away or be injured. If your animal displays signs
of illness or a change in behavior, it is critical that you notify your veterinarian immediately. If the animal remains free of symptoms during the 10 days, this indicates it did not have the rabies virus in its saliva at the time of the bite. Therefore, the bite victim does not have to receive an expensive
and unpleasant series of shots to prevent rabies. If unvaccinated, your dog or cat must be vaccinated against rabies before the animal may be released from quarantine.
The owner of the animal is responsible for all expenses incurred in connection with the quarantine. Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements, according to
Chapter 10, Article III – Rabies Control of the City of Racine Municipal Code, is a threat to the health and safety of the public.
If your pet is not currently vaccinated, the quarantine period following a bite must take place at a veterinarian's office.
Area facilities include:
Angelcare Animal Hospital: 262-886-3337
Caledonia Veterinary Clinic: 262-681-8000 (Cats only)
For Pets' Sake Veterinary Clinic: 262-884-8838
North Shore Animal Hospital: 262-639-7500 (Current clients only)
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