Denver Animal Shelter Offers Modern Identification for Pet Parents
It’s National Pet ID Week! Do you know where your pet is? New PetHub ID tag uses technology that links to owner information in real time on your smartphone ~
DENVER – It’s something frightening, upsetting and something pet owners hope they never have to experience—a missing pet. But a new pet license at Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) can help reunite you with your furry friend should he or she ever go missing.
During National Pet ID week, we highlight the importance of making sure your pet’s identification is up to date. A lack of proper ID remains one of the biggest obstacles in returning a missing pet to its home.
ID tags and microchips can both be effective in reuniting pets with owners. But an ID tag attached to a pet’s collar can clearly accomplish this more quickly. If a pet is found by a neighbor or passerby, they can easily contact you from the name and phone number etched on the tag. Sometimes, though, that contact information is worn away by use and time.
DAS has a solution to that problem. When you license your pet in Denver, you now receive a PetHub ID tag. It uses smart technology. The tag has a scannable Quick Response (QR) code. The barcode stores all your pet’s important information, like owner contact, medical records, microchip, and dietary restrictions. It’s quick and easy to update the tag information. You can do it from your smartphone in minutes. And anyone with a smartphone can scan that QR code and immediately pull up your pet’s information.
While microchips are also effective, they require a special tool to read, which means before you can find out who owns a lost pet, the animal must be taken to a veterinarian or a shelter and the tag scanned there. Plus, many owners don’t take the time to update information on the microchip or they don’t know how.
You may not ever think you’ll have to worry about losing your dog or cat. But leashes break, doors and gates get left open and house fires and other emergencies erupt. Losing a pet is always a possibility. Protect your pet and act today by licensing him or her.
Licensing means protection, licensing means love. But it’s also the law. Denver requires all dogs and cats six months of age and older to be licensed within 30 days of moving to the city. You can purchase a license online at PetData.com or in person at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. in Denver.
Licensing fees are affordable:
- One-year license: $15
- Three-year license: $41
- Lifetime license: $150
Replacement tags are available free of charge at the shelter. You can also order a replacement tag online for a $6 processing and shipping fee. For more information on licensing visit https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Animal-Shelter/Services/Pet-Licensing.
Please spend a few moments this week, making sure your furry family members are safe and can be quickly returned to you if they’re lost.