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Boston dog license
In an effort to promote the health, safety, and well-being of your pet, the City of Boston requires all dog owners to license their pet on a yearly basis.
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Chicago dog license
It is required for all dogs four months or older to be registered with the City of Chicago (per Municipal Code 07-12-140).
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Detroit dog license
Dog license info for the City of Detroit residents.
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Franklin County dog license
Dog license info for the Franklin County (Ohio) residents.
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Houston dog registration
The City of Houston Municipal Code requires that anyone who owns, keeps, possesses, or has control of a dog or cat four months of age or older must have his or her pet licensed and vaccinated against rabies every year.
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Los Angeles dog license
Licensing your dog is more than just following state and local law; a license on your dog demonstrates that you care about your pet and that you are a responsible pet owner!
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Montgomery County (PA) dog license
Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) dog license fees, applications and more.
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PA dog license
License Your Dog in PA. Dog license application form is available online.
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Dog registration in New York (NYC dog license)
New York State law requires that all dog owners license their dogs, and the New York City Health Code requires that dog owners attach the license tag to their dog's collars while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws.
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City of Sacramento Dog License
To license your dog in the City of Sacramento, visit the link below. Online dog licensing is also available.
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What happens if you don't license your dog

All dog owners are advised to have their pet licensed (registered) with the city where they live so that in case the dog gets lost, the owner has a good chance of locating the dog thanks to the license tag. A license tag helps animal control and shelters quickly identify your dog and get him back to you safely. Find out how to register your pet in your city because dogs can get lost. In that situation you'll be glad that your pet is registered and has a better chance of reuniting with you. Another good reason to have your pet licensed with your city is because only dogs that had Rabies vaccine can be registered. Registration helps to ensure that all dogs receive this necessary vaccine to prevent a Rabies outbreak.

Here are some of the good reasons to register your pet with your city government and get your dog licensed:

• In case your licensed dog goes missing, a license tag can be a life saver. A license tag helps animal control and shelters quickly identify your dog and get him back to you safely. Unlicensed dogs are the first that get euthanized in shelters. Licensed dogs are typically given more time for their owner to find them before the dog gets euthanized.

• In most states it is mandatory to have your dog licensed otherwise you may face a hefty fine.

• The average price of a dog license is between $10 and $20 and the license fees help to keep shelters running in your city. You are helping to feed and shelter the stray dogs found on the streets of your city.

Dog Identification

The very first thing you should do when you brought your dog home is to ensure that the dog is properly identified. This will help you to find your dog in case it gets lost. Every year millions of lost pets are euthanized because the owners can't be found.

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Dog Microchip

Microchips for dogs are among the most effective forms of dog identification. A microchip for dogs is the size of a grain of rice that is implanted under the skin quickly and easily by injection. Each microchip has a unique series of numbers. A handheld scanner is used to read the identification number. Microchips for dogs are popular because this is a safe, permanent and tamper-proof way of pet identification. Scanning is painless.

Once a dog has been implanted with a microchip, the dog's id number, a description of the animal, the owner's name, address and telephone number and an alternate contact in case the owner cannot be reached is entered into central computer registry. It is the owner's responsibility to update the registry in the event of change in information. An id tag for the dog's collar is also provided, indicating the animal's id number and registry's telephone number.

Lost animals can be identified at animal shelters, humane societies, and veterinary offices. Once the animal's identification number is displayed, the central registry is contacted and the owner's information is released. The cost of this technology is approximately $40. This is an important investment for any dog owner.

Besides microchips for dogs, there are other ways of identification for dogs. Collars and nametags can be effective as well. Write your name and phone number on the collar, or use a nametag that can be attached to the collar with your information. Collars and tags are easily visible and let others know your lost dog has a family.

Tattoos are considered a good form of identification for dogs because they are visible and permanent. Most veterinarians offer tattoo identification for dogs. Tattoos prove legal, unquestionable ownership and discourage potential theft by would-be dognappers.

The best thing you can do to increase the chances for a safe return of your lost, injured or stolen pet is give the dog as many forms of identification as possible.

A collar or harness and an identification tag.
Microchip your dog
Register your dog with the American Kennel Club Animal Recovery Database
Have your dog tattooed.

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