Call it one-stop shopping that results in a win-win-win scenario for pets, pet owners, counties or empowered governments. PETCHAMP illustrates how animal services everywhere can benefit from full-service pet licensing.
Full Service Versus Al-La-Carte
In virtually every city or county in the United States, the good folks responsible for animal services provide an invaluable resource to their communities and respective pet owners and pets residing in those communities. The outcomes of their efforts depend largely on available budgets and resources. If you’ve visited the PETCHAMP webpage previously, you know we bang the drum on behalf of the full-service pet licensing approach: licensing, microchipping and pet registration. Just a few of the benefits are discussed on websites like Broward County, Practica, and the Humane Society of Venture County.
Some pet licensing ordinances and laws include pet registration. In other empowered government jurisdictions, licensing and registration are separate. Some pet registries, like PETCHAMP, are comprehensive and provide an extensive array of benefits while other registries offer few. Some require no more than a photo of your pet and owner information. Some registries don’t even require proof of current rabies vaccination in exchange for your registration fee. By providing a comprehensive full-service licensing approach—combining licensing, registration and micro-chipping, the staffs of every animal control and services department are better equipped and financed to do their jobs. Here’s how the full- service approach is superior.
Benefits of Full Service Licensing
1. Licensing fees and annual or periodic renewals play a large role in the funding of animal and pet services departments everywhere. Fees help defray the cost of staff salaries, physical assets such as shelters and rescue compounds, purchase needed equipment directly related to animal services daily functions and help pay for training and education programs, as well as materials designed for public information and public education about animal welfare and safety.
2. Micro-chipping, highly recommended by PETCHAMP, greatly improves the statistical odds of safely and quickly reuniting you with a lost or missing pet. Almost every animal department in the country has some type of chip scanner which is the “go to” resource in trying to identify your pet if it is picked up by staff or turned in to a shelter by a good Samaritan. Metal collar tags are a good start in the licensing/pet identification/proof of rabies approach, but often times collars and tags can become loose, can be removed by pets themselves with the crafty use of their paws and claws, or possibly be removed by other humans.
3. Registration into a high tech and comprehensive database, one that can be updated from any Internet or mobile device from anywhere in the country, is the absolute best way of tracking a lost pet and contacting worried pet owners that the pet has been found.
All three of these full-service pet licensing steps provide the greatest number of benefits possible to all concerned parties. Separate and alone they are serviceable. Combined, they are superior.
In addition to arming animal control and services personnel with the greatest number of tools possible to do their jobs, there are additional benefits to full service licensing. Some registration services like PETCHAMP, tie licensing and registration, along with micro-chipping, directly back to each participating county or empowered government.
Those additional benefits include returning a portion of registration fees back to participating communities to help offset their operational budgets.
Additional full-service benefits include sponsoring local pet adoption seminars, pet educational fairs, subsidizing reduced cost spay and neuter clinics. And in some cases, those registration fees also help pay for the construction and maintenance of off-leash dog parks—providing recreational and socialization opportunities for pets and their owners. Even more, benefits can be found in a full-service approach developed by PETCHAMP that includes localized Pet Rewards Programs, offering discounts and specials for pet owners on a bevy of pet-related products and services—saving the entire pet community money and providing added value for the full-service approach.
The City of Burien (WA) also points to two additional benefits of full-service pet licensing.
- Fees generated by licenses and annual renewals, and in some cases depending on the municipality, registration fees—help track and monitor the overall pet population in a given community. This is important in determining the types and levels of animal services needed, and:
- Pet licensing fees and registration fees and renewals help fund animal cruelty investigations.
Combined in totality, full service licensing is clearly advantageous to just one or two of the steps mentioned above.
Greater resources for animal services staff, greater protection, safety and welfare of pets, supplemental resources and funding for local communities which collectively result in pet welfare cost savings. All of these measures result in more funds being channeled back into the general budgets of counties and empowered governments to offer citizens more human resource and services dollars. People win, pets win, communities win.