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Being a Responsible Pet Owner Requires a License…of Sorts!

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Bolt, Yorkie-Poo guest blogger, here to dish on why you should get your dog licensed! No, I am not talking about letting your dog get his driver’s license…although that would come in handy on occasion for those quick get-aways from the vet…but I am referring to those annual license fees you must pay to the city in which you live. Yes, it can be a pain to do this, but for a few reasons, it is a great idea and a must for the health and safety of your dog…and for the health and safety of your wallet…read on…

According to the experts at, there are many reasons why you should have your dog properly licensed each year. First of all, it is typically mandatory in most cities and if you do not pay for the fee, you can be subject to a hefty fine. Most license fees are $10-$20. Do you really want to pay A LOT more in fines? Didn’t think so. (A little-known fact here: In some cities, failure to license your dog is considered a Class IV misdemeanor! Do you think that is part of the job description for being a responsible pet owner? I didn’t think so!)

If your dog does not have his license tags on his collar and if he becomes lost or is delivered to the pound, you might not get him back. Further, if he is missing, having him licensed will increase your chances of finding him and bringing him home.

When your dog is properly licensed and is wearing the tag on his collar, it lets others know that he is up-to-date on his rabies vaccinations. That is peace of mind, right?

And I LOVE this part of the dialogue….the fees you pay to your city to license the dog often go to help support local animal shelters. How cool is that? By licensing your dog, you are giving back to pets in your community that are less fortunate than yours. That alone should be incentive enough to pay those licensing fees to your city!

On that note, I am off to wash my collar “bling!” This year’s license tag from MY city came in a gorgeous ocean blue color. I love to show it off!


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