A current registration can come in handy should a pet go missing, explains Temma Martin, public relations specialist for Best Friends Animal Society, who has worked in Utah’s animal services for over 20 years.
In addition to having a microchip, should your pet get lost, bystanders may be more likely to approach him if they see a license tag — which can lead to a speedy return to safety. “If the dog has a collar and a license tag on, this shows that the owner is responsible and that the dog is licensed against rabies,” Martin tells The Dodo. “If a person sees a stray dog with a license and a tag, they are more likely to approach it, because they know the owner cares about it.”
A current license can also help your pet avoid a traumatizing trip to the shelter, saving both time and resources. “Locally, if a pet is lost and an animal control officer finds it and sees the license information, they may take it back to the house instead of a shelter. So there’s no reason for the animal to be taken out of the neighborhood and placed in a cage if they know who it belongs to and they can just take it home again,” Martin says.