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Another View: Licensing your dog - what’s in it for Fido?

By: Victoria Bottini Curtis, special to the Placer Herald
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The city of Rocklin’s dream to have an off-leash dog park has come true. On Dec. 23, 2011, the Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido Dog Park, opened inside Johnson-Springview Park.

RRUFF encourages all pet owners to license their dogs; it is a California law for all dogs, age 4 months and older, to be properly licensed in their city or county.

Dogs may not be able to play, socialize and exercise at the new off-leash dog park if it is discovered they are not properly licensed.

The process of obtaining a dog license is easy. Dog license applications are available online at www.petdata.com. The Rocklin Police Department can also help; and any RRUFF board member can assist in obtaining your pooch’s license. You just need your rabies and spay or neuter certificates. You can purchase one- or three-year licenses. The fees are specified on the petdata website. If you don’t want to pay online, you can print and mail the application. RRUFF also has applications. Just email us for one, rruff@rocklindogpark.org

We have all heard the reasons why people don’t want to license their pets. Not even one of the reasons is valid or of benefit to you or your dog(s). If you have children, consider the reasons you have them fingerprinted. Don’t your four-legged companions deserve the same commitment? If your dog is licensed, here are just a few of the many benefits:

Should your pet become lost, the chance of being reunited is significantly increased. A dog license can be traced 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by an on-call animal control officer.

Your pet will receive a longer stay at the animal shelter. It will not be put up for adoption or euthanized as quickly as an unlicensed dog.

If your dog is injured while it is out of your care, emergency veterinarian care will be provided. Licensing revenues assure owners that their licensed animal will be transported and receive medical attention.

Licensing also guarantees a dog has been inoculated against rabies. Without proof of vaccinations, people bitten by a dog would have to undergo a series of painful injections.

Also, if a rabid animal is found in the area, licensed dog owners will be notified by animal control.

If a licensed dog is bitten by a skunk or bat, the quarantine period will be limited to 30 days at the pet owners’ residence. Unlicensed dogs face a six-month quarantine at an animal shelter. This could also result in the owner paying more than $3,000 in fees.

Licensing encourages the spaying and neutering of dogs through staggered fees. This differential is designed to encourage responsible pet ownership by lowering pet overpopulation, which results in overcrowding at shelters and the resulting euthanization of far too many animals.

Please be a responsible pet owner and purchase a license for your dog. Our animals give us unconditional love, so the least we can do is keep them as safe as possible so they can be with us as long as possible. Please, do the right thing for your best friend. Thank you from RRUFF.