July is Lost Dog Prevention Month! One major way to help you find your dog in the event that they go missing is by having updated microchip and pet tag information. Additionally, licensing your pet with the city is sometimes required and can save you ticketing fees. Although microchipping seems like an invasive process, it is a minimal procedure done in seconds. If you’re wondering whether you should license and microchip your dog, consider these benefits for you and your dog.
Why you should microchip your dog
It helps you locate your dog
Both a license and a microchip can help identify and get your dog back into your arms if they go missing. Dogs with licenses and microchips are kept at shelters longer than dogs without either. Not only that, but a microchip can’t be lost, falsified or altered! Hundreds of lost pets have been returned because they were micro-chipped.
The city requires it
Living in LA has its advantages as well as some obligations. Among these are pet requirements. All pups older than four months must be both licensed and micro-chipped. The chip is permanent and licenses are good for a full year. Good citizens get their dogs licensed — and if you get caught without one, it could result in a hefty fine*! Not in LA County? Check your area’s pet laws for license and microchip requirements.
(*In Santa Monica, you can receive a $200 to $300 ticket for unlicensed dogs at dog parks, making it much cheaper to pay the $60 for a license!)
You’re paying it forward
The money you spend on a license helps other dogs. License revenue is a means of supporting and ensuring both human and animal safety. It keeps your city’s animal shelter going and helps care for stray dogs found on the streets.
You’re preventing rabies
Licensing helps prevent rabies outbreaks by requiring a certificate of vaccination. When your pup has a license, people know he is up to date on his vaccinations and will be more willing to care for him if they know he is healthy and rabies-free.
Proof of ownership
A microchip is your permanent proof of ownership. If your pet is stolen and scanned somewhere, you can be contacted directly as long as you’ve registered the chip in the database. It’s the quickest way for you to verify that you are the true pet parent.
Both procedures are affordable, with microchips usually costing a one-time fee of $45 and licenses costing around $10 to $20 annually. Some dog owners may even be eligible for a discount. Service and guide dogs are usually free to license, breeders and multi-dog owners may be able to apply for a “kennel license” that apply to all of their pups, and you may be able to purchase a “lifetime license” with a one-time payment covering a dog throughout its lifetime! To find microchip clinics in LA, check out our guide here.