Pet Registration Event Set | OurQuadCities

The City of Muscatine will suspend first-year registration fees for neutered dogs and cats from March 19 through April 30 to promote pet registration in the city.

The offer does not apply to unneutered animals, a press release said.

All dogs and cats six months or older must be registered with the City of Muscatine.

City officials will be at two upcoming events to facilitate pet registration.

It Takes A Village Animal Rescue and Resources, along with national nonprofit Petco Love, will hold the first in a series of “Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership” events from 1-5 p.m., Saturday at the Salvation Army, 1000 Oregon St., Muscatine. Free canine DAPPv vaccines will be provided to 250 pets on a first-come, first-served basis. A microchip will be available.

The Muscatine Humane Society, 920 S. Houser St., Muscatine, will be hosting a low-cost event for dogs and cats from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 8, which will include rabies vaccination and microchipping on a first come, first served.

A pet license runs concurrently with the animal’s rabies vaccination. The pet license must be renewed each year with each annual rabies vaccination. If your pet has received a two-ear or three-ear vaccination, you must renew your pet license each year or pay the multi-year license fee upon registration, the statement said.

It is the responsibility of the owner to present proof that the animal being registered is modified. The pet permit requirement applies to all pets over the age of six months. This excludes guide dog owners or owners confined to a wheelchair, the statement said. Both are exempt from paying pet fees; however, they are still required to register their animals with City Hall’s finance office, the statement said.

The annual cost to register a spayed animal is $5, but the annual fee is reduced to $3 for pet owners age 65 and older. The fee for unneutered pets is $25 per year, with the annual fee reduced to $15 per year for pet owners age 65 and older.

The first year neutered animal fee will be waived if the animal is registered by April 30 with the Department of Finance and Archives at Muscatine Town Hall, 215 Sycamore St., Muscatine.

The department maintains a register of all licensed dogs and cats, their breed, color and sex, along with the owner’s name and address and license tag number. The registry is used to verify compliance with city code during investigations conducted by the Muscatine Police Department Animal Control Officer.

Sterilized animals that receive a two- or three-year rabies vaccination may be registered for two or three years (depending on the rabies vaccination received) if the multi-year fee is paid at the time of registration (i.e., $15 for three years). Multi-year registrations will receive the first-year discount through April 30 as part of the city’s pet registration promotion.

The permit will be in effect until the anniversary date of the animal’s rabies vaccination and will be renewable according to the animal vaccination schedule.

City Council recently approved revisions to animal regulations. The revised order went into effect on Sunday.

For more information on pet licensing, call the finance department at 563-264=1550 or visit Pet permit page on the City of Muscatine website.