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Does Your Dog Have a License?

I'm betting we're all on top of our pets' shots, but does your doggie have a license? Even though many cities, like NYC, require you to renew dogs' licenses annually, not everyone does – or even knows! – to do this. Some quick research about our policies here in San Francisco, found this shocking (to me) stat: There are an estimated 120,000 dogs living in San Francisco . . . and only about 20,000 of them are licensed at this time!

Like I advocated for tags in addition to microchips, having the proper pet license can be a quicker way to reunite you with a lost pet, as those tags are immediately visible.


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minhoca minhoca 8 years
Homer had a license, didn't help much, he was stolen :(. Bailey has a city license, name tag, vaccination tags and is microchipped!
miz66 miz66 8 years
I think we should have to have a licence in the UK after reading your posts. If anything to make people responsable.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I forgot to mention, the shelters need the money to support their programs and keep the shelters in working condition. Another good reason to license your pets!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Something to keep in mind-it's typically A LOT less expensive to license a spayed/neutered dog than an unaltered one. In the city I live in, unaltered dogs cost 3 times(!) as much to license. And as far as the "too many" tags dilemma goes...we use two tags. One is the rabies license tag, and one is a custom tag with our dogs name, our phone number, and her microchip that cuts down on all the bling ;) I also think it's important to note that the MAJORITY of organizations will scan every lost dog or cat for a microchip. I think it's a bit of a misconception that since the microchip isn't immediately visible, there will be a delay in returning the lost pet to its owner. Visual tags often get misplaced (as some of the previous posters have stated), so having a permanent, legally binding type of identification is much more reassuring, IMO. In California, roughly 3 out of 4 dogs are not licensed. The number of cats that are not licensed is even larger, and rarely enforced. My parents never licensed their dogs, and only recently started after I informed them that their city was beginning to enforce licensing more aggressively. They'd much rather pay the ten or so dollars for a license than have to bail their dog out of "doggy jail". Their city also allows you to include the microchip number with the application so they have it on file. Sorry this is such a long post, but it really saddens me to think about the thousands of animals that are euthanized every year due simply because they are lost.
ladyr ladyr 8 years
Mine were both licensed, but I think they might be expired now. They didn't send me any renewal paperwork. Hmmmmmm...
wren1 wren1 8 years
This is the first I've heard about licenses :oops:
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
My baby is micro-chipped and she has her rabies shot tag proudly displayed along with her AKC microchip tag (only the rabies shot is required to be on the collar of a pet where I live). However, I want to make her an ID tag too so they at least know her name before she is scanned.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Nope. Oliver's license was suspended last month when he was arrested for DWI and fekony assault with a moving vehicle on the neighbor's dog.
amerynn amerynn 8 years
My dog wears a name/address tag, license, rabies tag, and her vet insurance tag as well as being microchipped. It is the law here and they have to have a rabies shot to get the license.
moonlissa moonlissa 8 years
In New Orleans they issue the license with the rabies shot. Makes it easy not to forget! Sadies is attached to the keys that are attached to her leash, along with her microchip tag. She is very timid, and won't bolt from the house even if I leave the door open so she always has her leash when I drag her outside!
Milly-the-ninja Milly-the-ninja 8 years
mine has one but its hard to read since its chipped in places.
ehadams ehadams 8 years
I paid the initial license fees but have no idea where the tags are. But if my dogs wore all their tags- license, microchip, rescue organization, rabies shots, plus their home one- their necks would be down to the ground from the weight!
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Nope and I believe all 50 states require them. He wears a tag and is chipped.
shinycrazy shinycrazy 8 years
I don't have a license because my dog is part American Staffordshire terrier (considered a pit bull) and are banned in Cincinnati.
bunsushi bunsushi 8 years
my dog has a pet license, a heart-shaped tag with her name and my phone on it, and is micro-chipped. 3 easy, cheap ways to make sure my baby never has to spend the night at the shelter again. Having a pet license is the law. I can give up a pint of ice cream and a coffee to make sure I don't have to deal with ANY problems once a year. Though micro-chipping I hear can be expensive - my local shelter did it for free because Lila was adopted :)
zombielove zombielove 8 years
ruckus has a license, i just can't find freakin disappeared on me just like MY license disappeared days after i got it.
nanatree nanatree 8 years
like petsugar says its the law in NYC where Fawn resides. But the only time it matters is if a police officer catches you with your dog somewhere it's not supposed to be (like the subway) and they can give you a hefty fine for not having one. But at around 10 dollars a year that's a lot over time for no good reason. My dog never leaves the house without an id tag with our phone numbers, pet insurance tag (in case she is lost and hurt a stranger knows they can get medical attention and not have to pay themselves) and her rabies vaccine tag (annual thing, you must get from your vet) I know I should get a dog license but with all Fawn's other expenses I don't feel like adding 1 more.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
The license is also used for data. The more they know about how many of us have pets and VOTE, the more they'll beef up the pet friendly initiatives like dog parks, etc. Plus, it is the law, at least where I live.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
nah he's micro-chipped and he never ever runs
miz66 miz66 8 years
We don't have to have a licence in the UK, but maybe we should and it would cut down on all the unwanted dogs in this country alone. There should be something there to stop anybody getting a dog and it being mistreated or just kicked onto the streets ect. There are lots of responsable dog and cat owners in the UK but there are the people who just get a puppy for fun, they don't realise they are expensive and hard work.
7kimba7 7kimba7 8 years
My dog doesn't have a license yet... I've only had him a few months and not one person mentioned a license when I got him. He's my first dog so I thought I was golden with the microchip. Sigh.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
My dog had a license and my cats all have name tags with our phone number.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 8 years
Funny this topic is on here today... just dropped the dog license paperwork in the mail today.
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