1. Do I need to license my pet?
The City of Merriam requires licensing of all cats and dogs. Licensing of your pets can protect them should they get lost.
2. What are the licensing requirements for my pet?
Registration form, proof of current rabies vaccination and payment of the proper fee is all that is required to license your pet.
3. What is the cost to license my pet?
Spayed or neutered pets:
$10 one-year license
$24 three-year license
$30 one-year license
$48 two-year license
$72 three-year license
The multi-year fee schedule provides a significant discount for those with multi-year vaccinations.
4. Where do I go to license my pet?
Online: Complete the form and pay online.
In Person: Merriam City Hall, 9001 W. 62nd Street. M-F 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
By Mail: Submit the registration form, proof of rabies vaccination, and proper fee.
5. When are my pet licenses due?
All pet license fees are due by January 1 of each year. A late fee penalty of $2 per month will be added to all delinquent pet licensing fees for failure to renew by January 15 each year.
6. How many pets am I allowed to have?
The maximum allowed pets per address are three dogs and three cats.
7. Are pit bulls allowed in Merriam?
There is no breed ban in Merriam, however all dogs are required to be licensed.
8. I just got a new pet, how long before I need to register it?
Any pet over 6 months old must be licensed. Proof of rabies vaccination is required.
9. What can I do about a neighbor’s barking dog?
Continued barking and howling could be considered a nuisance. Call the Merriam Police Department Community Service Officer at 913-322-5581.
10. Is there a leash law in Merriam?
Yes, any dog not leashed or under the control of its owner by an electronic training collar is considered to be running at large, which is a violation of the law.
11. Does Merriam have a “pooper scooper” law?
Yes, allowing your pet to defecate upon any public or private property other than your own without immediate removal is considered a nuisance.
12. What do I do if my pet is lost?
The Merriam Police Department partners with Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances. Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances will work with the public and the police department to provide our community with lost and found pet services. Contact Melissa’s Menagerie’s Second Chances at 913-364-1822. The Merriam Police Department is not accepting any stray cats for impound, but officers can help you attempt to locate the owner of a lost cat.
13. I found a stray animal, who do I call?
If the animal has a Merriam Pet License you may call Merriam City Hall to locate its owner. Otherwise call the Merriam Police Department at 913-322-5560 during business hours or dispatch at 913-782-0720 after hours.