Papillion Rescue & Cattery Permit Information

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City of Papillion Animal Rescue/Cattery Permit Information

Due to Covid-19 concerns the city has suspended Rescue/cattery inspections until further notice. We regret the inconvenience this causes but wish to maintain the safety of employees and the public.

The Cattery License was designed to allow those who are responsible cat owners to have up to 10 cats.  
No one, however, may have more than 10 total animals in in Papillion.  No more than 4 of those animals can be dogs.  Example:  If you have 8 cats you can only own 2 dogs; If you own 4 dogs you can only only own 6 cats. 
Holders of an animal rescue permit are not be eligible to carry a cattery license.

Any person who operates an animals rescue and holds an animal rescue permit may own, keep, or maintain no more than 5 dogs total and/or 5 or more cats but no more than 8 total dogs and cats four months of age or older on the lot on which he or she resides or on a contiguous lot, which lot or lots are not zoned for business.  Holders of a license to operate a cattery shall not be eligible to hold an animal rescue permit.

If you would like to apply for a Rescue/Cattery permit for the city of Papillion, you must:

1.  Submit an application online here, or in person or by e-mail here

2.  Pay a one time inspection fee of $100 (due at time of application)

3.  Schedule the inspection when contacted by the Animal Control Officer  This could take as long as 4 weeks depending on demand.  Due to Covid-19 these inspections have been suspended unti further notice. 

4.  Meet the requirements of the inspection and comply with all city ordinances relating to the animals (see standards below)

5.  On the annual anniversary of your permit, it is your responsibility to pay the annual renewal fee of $50 **You will receive a notification postcard annually**

While you hold a Rescue/Cattery permit, should you be found guilty of any violation of Chapter 85, the permit will be revoked.  Permit premises shall be maintained with clean and safe conditions at all times.  The Nebraska Humane Society has the right to inspect such premises and all the animals therein at reasonable hours to ascertain that the premises are kept in the aforementioned condition and meet prescribed standards. 

Standards for a Pet Avocation permit:

  • All animals owned, kept, possessed or harbored under a Pet Animal Avocation permit must be licensed as required by Chapter 85 article 85-17.  Proof of individual license on each animal must be provided at time of inspection. 
  • All animals owned, kept, posessed or harbored under a Pet Animal Avocation permit must be vaccinated against rabies.  Proof of individual rabies vaccinations on each pet must be provided at the time of inspection.
  • Each animal shall, at least every 24 hours, receive food suitable for the species, physical condition and safe - sufficient to maintain adequate level of nutrition. 
  • Must have clean, fresh, potable water available at all times.
  • Indoor housing shall provide adequate ventilation, lighting temperature control and construction so as to provide for the safety and comfort of the animals.
  • Each animal shall receive care and medical treatment for debilitating injuries, parasites, and disease sufficient to maintain the animal in good health and to minimize suffering. 
  • Animals shall be maintained predominantly indoors. 
  • Premises where an animal rescue permit include dogs shall provide a fenced enclosure sufficient to contain any dogs while outside. 
  • All areas of premises inspected for Cattery permit shall be made open and avaialble for inspection by the Nebraska Humane Society.

Apply online for a Animal Rescue/Cattery permit here

Questions?  E-mail our helpful permit staff here, or call 402-444-7800 ext. 2213.  

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