A roaming dog wearing its local area’s standard dog tag has the best chance of being reunited with his family. The number on a license identifies the owner, allowing Animal Services to alert you that Fido is a temporary guest at the local shelter and better reuniting families with their dogs.

Stay current

Make sure your dog has a current rabies vaccination. Doing so upholds state law and, more importantly, protects both animals and people. Keep the dog license tag attached to your dog’s collar. If you move, notify Animal Services of your new address or changes in your phone number.

Preventing stray situations

Make sure your best friend is spayed or neutered. Many experts believe that spaying and neutering gives your furry family members a longer and healthier life.

"Make sure your dog has a current rabies vaccination. Doing so upholds state law and, more importantly, protects both animals and people."

Much has already been done to reduce the number of companion animals abandoned at shelters, not only in Los Angeles but in the United States overall, but we still have a long way to go. Preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens by spaying or neutering your dogs and cats is an important step you can take to reduce the number of orphaned pets in shelters.

Be the helping hand

If you do want to raise puppies or kittens, consider becoming a foster volunteer for a shelter near you. You can have the fun of raising babies without adding more pets that may otherwise not make it to a home of their own.

Even though your dog can't drive, he or she still needs a license. You can be your dog’s best friend by making sure it has a current license, and the tag is attached to its collar. Make sure to get your dog spayed or neutered. And enjoy that unconditional love that your best friend offers you!