Town of Shelby - La Crosse County Wisconsin

As of April 1st, 2021- all EXISTING licenses must be obtained through the La Crosse County Clerk's Office. 608-785-9581 Thank you!

Dog Licenses

* A puppy/new dog can be licensed at Town Hall.  Current rabies vaccination certificate is required in order to obtain a license.

Puppy/New Dog Application

Not Spayed or Neutered:$24.00
Spayed or Neutered: $13.00 (Proof of spaying or neutering is required.)
Puppies: If your puppy was born after February 1st (of the licensing year), the fee is $12.00. If the puppy has been spayed or neutered the fee is $6.50.

Annually, dog license renewals are due January 1st.  After April 1st, a fine is assessed and licenses must be renewed at the La Crosse County Clerk's office (608-785-9581).  If you fail to license your dog by April 1st, you will be assessed a late fee of $25 plus the cost of the dog tag.  This also applies if you get a new dog and fail to license it within 30 days, your puppy turns 5 months old and you fail to license it, or if you move into the County with a dog and fail to license it within 30 days. 

There is town limit of 2 dogs per household, however a special exception permit to have 3 dogs can be approved by the Town Board.
Town of Shelby's
3rd Dog Application, to keep a 3rd dog has a $10.00 application fee (in addition to license fee).
Application must be submitted and approved at a Town Board meeting.

Cat Licenses

Cat licenses are not a La Crosse County license and are issued by Town of Shelby.  The license fee is $5.00 fee per cat.  A current rabies vaccination certificate is required.

Online Payment Link is suspended until December 2021. *A puppy/new dog can be licensed at Town Hall.  

*Credit cards are processed through a 3rd party, AllPaid/GovPay.  The Town is not charging or collecting the processing fee.  The fees are charged by AllPaid/GovPay and will vary based on the amount processed.   

*To avoid extra fees you are welcome to send a payment, or use the drop box at the Town Hall.

*If you are paying online, please either drop off your pet's rabies certificate or email it to

All existing dog licenses must be obtained through the La Crosse County Clerk's Office as of April 1st, 2022.