“Your Dog Can’t Drive, But He Still Needs a License!”

Don't let your dog slip away without identification - all dogs in Los Angeles must be licensed!
Don’t let your dog slip away without identification – all dogs in Los Angeles must be licensed!

In a recent open letter to the community, just in time for the dog days of summer, Brenda Barnett, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, reminded us that “Your dog can’t drive, but he still needs a license!”  Too often these days, we see posters, e-mails and social media posts (even here on the Buzz) about lost and found pets.  And all too often those missives contain the message, “he has a collar, but no tags or chip”…which greatly decreases the chance that the animal will find its way home.

Ms. Barnett’s letter goes on to say, “A dog license may be your dog’s only life saver if he darts out of the door or finds a gap in your fence. A roaming dog wearing a Los Angeles City dog tag has the best chance of being reunited with his family. The number on the license identifies the owner and we can let you know that “Fido” is a temporary guest in one of our six Los Angeles City Shelters. Reuniting families is an important part of our work.”

License fees are $20/year in Los Angeles for dogs that are spayed or neutered (also required by law), with a discount for multi-year renewals, and discounts for low-income seniors.  To make it even easier, you can apply online at https://anionlinelicense.lacity.org/newregistration/

So, be your dog’s best friend – make sure your pet has a current license and the tag is attached to his collar…even if he doesn’t normally leave the house or yard.  Please don’t let the next missing pet notice be yours!

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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