Kennel License (Dogs and Cats)
Agency contact information:
Animal Health, Minnesota Board of
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-2942 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health's responsibilities include protecting the health of domestic animals of the state.
Minn. Stats. 347.31
MINNESOTA RULES 1721.0520
Application forms and instructions may be found on the Board of Animal Health website or may be requested by calling the Board at (651) 201-6810.
Any person who operates a kennel used to shelter dogs or cats must be licensed with the Board of Animal Health if the dogs or cats were obtained from municipalities, pounds, auctions, or by advertising for unwanted dogs or cats, or dogs or cats strayed, abandoned, or stolen (Minn. Stat. § 347.34).
This requirement does not apply to (1) a pound owned and operated by any political subdivision of the state, (2) a person’s home where dogs or cats are kept as pets, or (3) a veterinarian licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota who keeps, congregates, or confines dogs or cats in the normal pursuit of the practice of veterinary medicine.
To obtain a kennel license, the owner must submit a license application to the Board of Animal Health along with a check for $15 to cover the annual license fee. The kennel must then be inspected by the Board of Animal Health to verify compliance with the requirements specified in Minn. Stat. § 347.31-.40 and Minn. Rules 1721.0520.
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