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 West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department COVID-19 Information

City of West Des Moines Dog Park Permits & Pet Licenses

Informational Brochure

Need a place to let your dog run off some excess energy? Dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoy romping through the 10 acre fenced play area of the Raccoon River Park Dog Park. The facility is open daily, year round from 6:30 a.m. until dusk and features areas for both large and small dogs. The park, located just to the east of the softball complex, is also a great place to meet other dog lovers and enjoy each others pets.

Users are required to purchase a Dog Park Permit to utilize the facility. *All dogs residing in the City of West Des Moines are required by law to have a City Pet License in order to purchase a Raccoon River Dog Park Annual Permit.

 

DOG PARK PERMIT FEES


        DETAILS

             (Proceeds from the sale of permits provide funding to maintain and enhance the Dog Park)
WDM Residents
$15 / dog
  • *All dogs residing in the City of West Des Moines are required by law to have a City Pet License in order to purchase a Raccoon River Dog Park Annual Permit
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
  • Annual Dog Park Permits are available beginning December 1 each year
 
Non-Resident $40 / dog
  • Date of current parvo/distemper and rabies vaccinations are required at the time of purchase
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
  • Annual Dog Park Permits are available beginning December 1 each year
 
Day Pass   $5 / dog
  • Day Pass only valid on date of purchase
  • Receipt serves as proof of Day Pass purchase when at the Dog Park
 
Tag Replacement   $5 / dog    

Clean up after your dog and use the provided biodegradable bags and waste disposal

Abide by the rules regarding small children

Follow all of the rules posted on this website, as well as, those posted at the Dog Park

Dog Park hours are 6:30am - sunset 

 
              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CITY PET LICENSE FEES

       DETAILS

                       
Altered Cat  $17 
  • Date of current rabies vaccination is required at the time of purchase                
  • Proof of spay or neutering is needed if you are licensing a pet at the altered rate for the first time. This is often indicated on the animal's rabies vaccination certificate.
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
 
Intact Cat  $24 
  • Date of current rabies vaccination is required at the time of purchase                
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
 
Altered Dog  $19
  • Date of current rabies vaccination is required at the time of purchase
  • Proof of spay or neutering is needed if you are licensing a pet at the altered rate for the first time. This is often indicated on the animal's rabies vaccination certificate.
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
 
Intact Dog  $29 
  • Date of current rabies vaccination is required at the time of purchase
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
 
Service Animal  $0 
  • Date of current rabies vaccination is required at the time of purchase
  • Permits are valid for one calendar year (January 1 - December 31)
  • Service animals are not eligible for the $5 / dog discount
 

You are required by law to annually license all pets 6 months or older

Pet license are due by April 30

On or after May 1, a $25/pet late fee will apply*
     *New residents and/or new pets are not subject to late fee but must license within 30 days

In accordance with City Code, it is unlawful for an owner to harbor or house on their premises more than 4 animals over the age of 6 months

The license tags you will receive are permanent tags designed to last many years and the number on the tag is your pet's permanent identifier

 

Raccoon River Dog Park Permits can be purchased at the following locations and times:

West Des Moines City Hall
Parks and Recreation Department
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday
515-222-3444

Raccoon River Park
Nature Lodge
2500 Grand Avenue
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday or when facility is open for rentals
515-222-3424

Please contact us at (515) 222-3444 or at ParkRec@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.

City Pet Licenses  can be purchased at the following location:

West Des Moines City Hall
 
Finance Department
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
4200 Mills Civic Parkway
8am-5pm, Monday-Friday
515-222-3580

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