WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - Wausau’s new pet licensing requirements brought a flurry of activity to the City Clerk’s office. Clerk Toni Rayala says Wausau residents had until the end of March to license cats and dogs, as well as have extra household pets get registered legally with the temporary amnesty program. “On the weekend before Easter, we did a City Watch notification to all of the land lines that we had listed in what we call the City Watch program through the Wausau Police Department, and we sent out reminders to everybody that the pet licensing deadline was approaching March 31st.”
Rayala says the state law requiring the Clerk’s office to stay open on Good Friday due to the upcoming election turned out to be Furry Friday. “We anticipated a nice, slow day that we could get caught up on things and get prepared for the election. As it turned out, we were just unbelievably busy with pet licensing. Everybody was coming in.”
The Clerk’s office had a long line of people that showed up to buy pet licenses right before the deadline. “Between the two of us, we sold 151 dog licenses and 65 cat licenses in just that day, just on Good Friday. That’s over 200 pet licenses. They were waiting out the door to get in to pay for pet licensing.”
The licenses brought in a fair amount of revenue, which goes towards the animal control program and also to Marathon County for the Humane Society shelter. Rayala says last week was probably the biggest spike in pet license sales they will see all year. “We definitely brought in a lot of revenue, however, now that we’re past the deadline for the year, the only pets we’re going to be seeing getting licences now basicly are people that have acquired a new cat or dog, so this was our big push.”
There is a law requiring all dogs in the state to be licensed by March 31st. Rayala reminds pet owners that the rabies vaccination is not the same as a pet license, and that you need to have both.