They come in all types and colors, are available in any pet store around and are relatively cheap. Yet some owners still don’t go the extra mile and get one. Here are just a few reasons why you should get a collar and tag on your pet now.
It’s the Law
In some areas and in most cities especially, it is a law that your pets have their rabies tags visible. This is for your dog’s safety as well as any human or animal your dog may bite. If there is an incident of biting, you must prove your pet has been vaccinated or the animal will be quarantined and observed for rabies. Plus, the person who was bitten will have to undergo a litany of rabies tests if you can’t show proof of vaccination. Sometimes paperwork gets lost, so that tag could be your only proof of vaccination. It is for your pet’s protection that you have that tag on a collar.
They Tend to Roam
If your dog is found around the neighborhood, most people will look at their collar and tag and hopefully be able to contact you from the information provided. Sure a lot of pets have chips imbedded in them with this info as well, but a neighbor is less likely to assist what they perceive to be a stray. That collar and tag shows that someone cares, that the pet is not wild and that he or she really does belong to someone.
The Dreaded Dog Catcher
Not only can you be fined if your area has laws on loose dogs or no tags, but it makes it easier for the dog catchers to find you if they have a tag with your info. Sometimes they will even just drop him home with a warning if he’s just up the street or still near your home. Not everybody has such understanding pet control officers, but it could happen. They can’t do this if they don’t know where Fluffy or Fido lives.
Everyone Wants to Belong
Most pets actually like their collars and consider them their property. I have seen several dogs and cats that will voluntarily sit, with their tail wagging or purring while we put their collar back on. While I am not a pet psychologist or pet whisperer, nor do I play one on TV, I have seen this myself with my own pets and am pretty convinced they want that sense of belonging that the collar on their neck provides.
For the Sake of the Wildlife
Dogs and cats are hunters, some more than others. While most dogs aren’t as fascinated by birds as cats are—heck, cats are fascinated by grasshoppers, moths, worms, pretty much anything that moves—even dogs chase after squirrels, rabbits and other tiny animals. Well, in the name of sportsmanship, having a bell on your cat’s collar or even just the registration and vaccination tags on a dog do tend to give the little critters a bit of warning. Most of us would prefer not having to clean up dead carcasses and blood from our pet’s triumphs, so giving the squirrels a fighting chance will keep everyone happy, except for your maybe your pet.
Accidents Do Happen
Even if your dog never gets out of the yard without a leash and you on the other end, accidents do happen. While it is quite common for pets to bolt out of their owner’s cars after an accident, there are also many stories of them being reunited later on. In one recent incident, a dog was lost for 42 days in Yellowstone National Park before being found by her owner. Now, this miraculous recovery was not due to a tag or collar but rather by a persistent owner searching. However, in other instances, it is sometimes the tags that helped the pets find their way home.