Getting a license for the pet is one of not very well known requirements of pet ownership. However there are certain rules and regulations to be followed when you get a pet. Also there are few animals you cannot have for pets and is illegal to domesticate them, depending on your local municipal corporation. There are pet stores that offer registration and vaccination services along with purchasing of pets. This registration process is mainly for the canines, in view of the increasing number of dog bite cases turning up at hospitals, but there are also other kinds of licensing about other animals you wish to keep as pets.
Now this process of registration is important and also advantageous for you as a dog owner. Here’s why;
Follow the law;
The process of registering your dog for a license is a law that may have various requirements depending on the municipal corporation in charge. The best part is, it is not a painstaking task! All you need to do is find out about pet stores that offer the registrations, or else you could simply go to the blue cross. Some blue cross centers even give a free first vaccination to keep your pet disease free and less dangerous to you and the people around you just in case there are events where in your pets bite someone. The license has to be renewed each year, because when the license expires, it is a signal that your dog is not disease free anymore, the vaccination might be wearing off.
Lost dog is easily found;
Just in case of an unfortunate event, when your dog goes missing, the license tag will help people in identifying it and contacting shelters that will have a record of registered dogs, in turn they will let you know where your dog is. If your dog is unregistered and found roaming the streets, rescue organizations may pick it up and give it to shelters where they wait for few days for owners to turn up and if no lost report is filed and no one comes to claim the dog, then they give the dog up for adoption or euthanize them. Now nobody wants this for their pets’ right!?
Registering your pets, will definitely require a fixed registration amount which varies at municipal corporations across various states, but the fine of being caught with a pet without a license can cost you a bomb. For example, the cost of registration for breeder dogs may vary from 100/- to 500/- depending on the demand of breed and for non breeder stray dogs, it ranges from 50/- to 100/- per year. This means that registrations are valid up to only a year in most cases and some organizations may even offer the first anti rabies and other relevant vaccinations for free. On the other hand, if someone complains about your dog not being registered or if by some means you are caught, then you might have to pay an amount as high as 5000/- as fine, along with forced registration immediately. This clearly means that getting a license for your pet doesn’t just look after the well being of your dog but also is economically feasible for you.
Disease free status;
Getting your dog licensed lets you keep tab on the vaccinations and you will know that a person accidentally bit by your dog doesn’t need to be rushed to the hospital for medication. The danger of dog bites decreases and also the cost of treating them since vaccinations for dog bites are pretty expensive.
The money goes for a good cause;
All that money you pay towards registrations and vaccinations are not pocketed by evil politicians (at least that is what we are told), rather it goes for the development and welfare of other dog shelters, animal welfare organizations and your local animal control. In fact most of the revenue is supposed to be collected from this process but sadly either people are careless or are unaware of the license for pets and hence, though the trend of keeping a pet is growing and the numbers of pets are increasing steadily, there is hardly any progress being reflected on the license department front.
Dogs that are trained as watch dogs or service dogs may get free licensing. Some centres offer a onetime payment offer which may be a bit high but the regular vaccination at later stages come at a discounted rate for the entire lifetime of the dog. The registration venues could be found by contacting the local municipal corporation and usually every blue cross centre is supposed to be offering them. Some other local veterinarians may also be able to refer to some centres for the purpose.
Every dog over the age of four months should be vaccine and licensed. If you move to another city, you may have to apply for a new license, since the rules related to this law vary in each state.