OC Animal Care promotes the importance of pet licensing ahead of National Lost Pet Awareness Month

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OC Animal Care promotes the importance of pet licensing ahead of National Lost Pet Awareness Month

TUSTIN, Calif. (June 9, 2022) – Ahead of National Lost Pet Awareness Month in July, OC Animal Care is raising awareness about responsible pet ownership and encouraging residents to register their pets.

“Our shelters are full of lost animals looking to find their way home,” said Fourth District Supervisor Doug Chaffee. “Pet licenses facilitate that connection for the family and their beloved pet.”

Animal shelters typically see an increase in lost pets during the summer months, primarily around July 4th. A license tag provides a quick and accurate way to help furry family members find their way home. Additionally, Orange County law requires that all dogs over four months old be licensed and vaccinated against rabies, which a license tag also provides proof of.

“A pet license shows the community that your dog is safe and protected from the threat of rabies,” said Vice President Donald P. Wagner, Third District Supervisor. “Besides, it’s the law. A pet license can be more cost effective than the fees for not having one. In the event your beloved dog goes missing, a license allows for faster identification and a quicker return home.

Residents who own or have custody of a dog must register the dog within 15 days of acquisition or within 15 days of license expiration (exceptions apply for Anaheim residents). Residents must provide proof of California-approved rabies vaccination to obtain a license.

“The chances of pets going missing increase in the summer when families are planning a trip,” said First District supervisor Andrew Do. “A pet license is a small investment that can save your pet’s life.”

When residents license their pets through OC Animal Care, they receive a new PetHub license tag that allows pet owners to create a free online profile for their pet. The profile contains information such as the pet’s name, breed, age, medications, allergies, owner contact information and more. Anyone finding the pet can scan the tag’s QR code and see the pet’s information made public by its owner to help reunite pet and owner faster.

“Our pets are members of our family and pet ownership has been shown to improve our health by reducing blood pressure and stress,” said Second District Supervisor Katrina Foley. a seamless return if they get lost.

Pets currently licensed with OC Animal Care will also be eligible for OC Animal Care. Take me home program. This pet buyback program is available to pet owners who have had their pet licensed for the first time and requires pet owners to trade in their pet within the first 24 hours. More information on the Take me home program can be found here.

“Being a responsible pet owner shows how much you love your furry family member,” said Fifth District Supervisor Lisa Bartlett. “That commitment starts with licensing your pet and keeping it safe.”

For more information on how to register your pet, visit ocpetinfo.com/license or contact the OC Animal Care Licensing Department Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (714) 259-1091. Pet owners can also email [email protected] for assistance.

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Boyd S. Abbott