Can you sell puppies without a license?

Yes- the owners of the puppies can sell their puppies without a license- if they get a certificate of sale signed by the department of agriculture. If you have a breeder or a friend that sells adult dogs, you can have them provide you a certificate if you buy from them.

I’m an importer or retailer- Can I sell live animals I have already picked up?

Yes. An importer or a retailer has the license which permits them to sell adult animals that they’ve picked up, and therefore the importer or retailer is not subject to the rules concerning licensing.

I want to sell animals that I don’t own, but I have a pet shop. Can I get a licence?

Yes in some cases. The pet shops that sell animals must have a licence. You can purchase a licence from the Department of Agriculture to own animals, but you have to pay for registration and the licence fees.

I want to grow animals for food… Do I need a licence?

No, you don’t have to have a food licence to grow animals for consumption. If you intend to raise animals for food use (i.e., grower or retailer) on a regular basis, you will need a licence from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Can I have a pet? Where can I find it?

Once you obtain a license for your pet, that pet will be permitted in all the areas listed below.

Where to get licensed in Maine

Licensing Fees and Conditions

Pets

Animal shelter in Maine

Licensing Exceptions

Maine license types:

1-year license: this is for people who own animals that come into their homes and are placed for adoption without requiring a license. If you already have adult pets with you from another state, you can use a certificate of adoption for adult animals.

2-year licence: this is for people who own animals that come into their homes and are placed for adoption to a local shelter, animal control, rescue group, or rescue group of your choice with a 2-year license to place the animals in a different shelter and in a different place. You will still need a 1-year licence for each adult animal you have with you from another state.

3-year license: This is for people who own animals that are placed for adoption at a local shelter, animal control, rescue group, or rescue group of your choice with a