Definition of "Kennel"
A "kennel" is defined by Minnesota Statute 347.31, Subd. 2, as:
Any place that obtains dogs or cats from municipalities, pounds or auctions; and/or advertises to receive lost, unwanted, stray, abandoned, or stolen dogs and cats. This includes humane societies and pounds, but not pounds owned and operated by any political subdivision of the state.
Fee for a Minnesota Kennel License
The kennel fee is $15.00 per year. Licenses are good from January 1 to December 31.
Impound & Stray Animals
All impound and stray animals must be held for redemption by the owner for at least five regular business days or for a longer time if specified by statute or local ordinance. Only public authority or a private organization contracted with a public authority can take in impound or stray animals.
Does my organization require a Minnesota Kennel License?
To find out, complete an organization profile and return it to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health office. After receipt of the completed Organizational Profile, it will be reviewed by the program director and you will be contacted about whether or not you require a license and what the next step may be.
Required Board of Animal Health dealer license:
A "dealer", is defined by Minnesota Statute 347.31, Subd. 4, as:
An organization or person who sells or transfers dogs or cats to educational or scientific organizations or to other dealers. No person, firm, or corporation shall operate as a dealer within Minnesota without first obtaining a license from the Board of Animal Health.