How Many Dogs or Cats Can You Own in Alaska?

The number of dogs or cats you can have in your house in Alaska depends on your local animal ordinances, as The Last Frontier does not have any state-wide laws limiting the number of pets a resident can keep. Many municipalities in the State of Alaska require that all dogs and cats four months and older be licensed and residents owning more than three dogs obtain a kennel license.

A dog and a cat

Anchorage Municipality, AK

The number of pets you can have in the Municipality of Anchorage, AK, is not regulated by the Municipality Code of Ordinances, meaning you can own as many dogs or cats as you can care for in Anchorage, Alaska. However, there are other animal laws that Anchorage pet owners must abide by.

It is required by law that pet owners control their dog or cat by a leash while in a public place within the Municipality of Anchorage. All dog owners in Anchorage are required to have their furry friends four months and older licensed and vaccinated for rabies. The Municipality Code also required that all cats over the age of four months wear an identification tag.

In Kenai, a coastal Alaskan city situated in the southwest of Anchorage, keeping more than 3 dogs over the age of three months requires a kennel license. However, there is no limit on the number of cats a resident can have in Kenai, so long as the felines are properly cared for.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK

In the Borough of Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, up to five dogs or cats over the age of 6 months are allowed per household. Owning more than 5 dogs or cats within the Mat-Su borough requires a Kennel or Cattery License. After the license is issued, however, an animal control officer will come and inspect your premises to ensure that the animals' basic needs such as housing, food, and water are taken care of. Within the Borough, all dogs and cats over the age of six months must be licensed.

Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK

The Borough of Fairbanks North Star in Alaska allows residents to have five dogs or cats in one residence. Residents can obtain a kennel license to own no more than 24 dogs or cats. However, the kennel license will only be issued to people residing in the General Use (GU), Rural and Agricultural (RA), and Rural Farmstead (RF) zoning districts within the Borough.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Code requires that pet owners properly restrain their pet dogs and cats to prevent them from running at large. In addition, pet owners must remove the feces deposited by their dog or cat on public grounds or on another person’s property within the Borough.

In the State of Alaska, Pit bulls, Doberman Pinchers, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, and wolf hybrids are restricted in apartments.


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