Pets and Animal Control

Area Dog Parks

Pet Policies

Shorewood is a great place for pets - lots of open area, plenty of parks that still allow dogs, and miles of trails. The City has had to pass stricter laws regarding pets, but Shorewood has one of the most lenient pet policies in Twin Cities area. Pet owners are encouraged to follow the laws so that Shorewood remains a pet friendly community. Shorewood dogs over 6 months are required to be licensed; currently the City does not require a license for cats.

Dog License

A license is required for all dogs over age 6 months in the City of Shorewood. The license must be purchased by January 31 of each calendar year. Any household with more than two dogs over the age of 6 months, must first obtain a kennel license. New residents must purchase dog licenses within 30 days of residency.

“Pooper Scooper” Law
Proper disposal of waste from domestic pets is required in all areas of Shorewood. The policy states, “The owner of any domestic animal or any person having control or custody of any animal shall be responsible for cleaning up any feces of the animal and disposing of such feces in a sanitary manner." Mutt Mitt dispensers and garbage cans are located along the LRT trail for the convenience of pet owners.

The City of Shorewood requires any dog on public properties, including parks, trails, streets and public right-of-way, to be restrained by a leash of 6 feet or less. Simply having your dog under voice command is not allowed in the City.

According to the City Code, Chapter 701, dogs which bark repeatedly over at least a five-minute period with one-minute or less lapse of time period and can be heard from any location outside of the premises are considered a public nuisance and the result can be a written violation and fine from Animal Control.


Domestic Animal Control Services for the City of Shorewood are contracted through South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. All inquiries, complaints or requests regarding animal control should be directed to:

  • Animal Control Dispatch

If your pet is lost, contact City Hall at 952.960.7900. If your pet is picked up by an animal control officer, contact the South Lake Minnetonka Police Animal Control Dispatch at 763.525.6210.