City Says Licenses Benefit the Whole Doggone Community

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), October 20, 2013 | Go to article overview

City Says Licenses Benefit the Whole Doggone Community


Byline: Randi Bjornstad The Register-Guard

Since Lane County no longer handles animal control services under contract with cities throughout the county, city of Eugene animal services manager Kelly Darnell wants to remind people that they need to license their dogs where they live.

"Many people don't realize that they need a license for their dog or that the proceeds go for something that helps animals," Darnell said.

"And it's good to remind people who may still have the old county license tags on their pets to get them updated through the city when they come due."

One of the greatest benefits of licensing a dog is that "it can help a lost dog get home right away, 24 /7," Darnell added.

That's a big help, because some people who find a dog can't take it in, and if it's night or a weekend they may turn the animal away because they don't think they can locate its owner, Darnell said.

"The number on the license tag gets through to 9-1-1, and they have the information about where a licensed dog belongs so it can be returned right away," she said.

"We also have a new service in Eugene - we will come and pick up a dog that people have found so they don't have to worry about keeping it and trying to find its owner themselves," she explained.

Those activities are some of the things that licensing fees help to fund.

The cost of licensing a neutered dog is $18 per year, compared with $42 per year for an intact dog.

Senior citizens get a further break, to $12 per year, for a neutered dog. …

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