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Your Pet's Ticket Home
Each day thousands of lost or abandoned pets find their way into animal shelters. They arrive dirty, tired and scared. Many are owned pets wearing their collars, but not their license tag. Without a tag, shelters have a difficult time learning who the pet's owner is. One of the best ways a lost pet can find its way home is by wearing a collar with a current license tag.
Proof of Vaccination
A current License Tag worn by your pet shows that he or she is up-to-date on vaccinations, including the rabies vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid. Rabies virus infects the central nervous system, causing encephalopathy [a brain disease] and ultimately death. Death usually occurs within days of the onset of symptoms."
In 1955 there were over 4,000 cases of rabies in domestic animals in the United States; in 2007 there were only 482. The decrease is due to the laws requiring rabies vaccination of dogs and cats. Cats and dogs are not rabies 'carriers' meaning they cannot spread the disease to each other without being infected by an outside source. Rabies vaccination prevents this from happening. In 2007 over 6,000 rabies cases were reported in the United States in wild animals - mostly raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Cats and dogs can come into contact with infected wild animals. For this reason, it is necessary to vaccinate them and keep their vaccines up to date. In many areas, it is also the law.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Humane Societies and Animal Shelters are full of pets from unplanned litters. Spaying or neutering your pet helps to reduce pet overpopulation - and it may save you money when you purchase your pet's annual license. Many communities offer lower license fees for altered pets.
Peace of Mind
When your pet displays a current license on his or her collar, Animal Control officers can easily determine if your pet has a current rabies vaccination. A current license also allows Animal Control agencies to quickly locate owner information and return a lost pet - saving you and your pet a trip to the shelter.