Detroit Animal Care and Control promotes responsible pet ownership

Dogs licenses are an important issue that the team at Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC) is highly promoting this year. A dog license is proof your dog belongs to you and Detroit residents are required by a city ordinance to have a dog license.

To register, dog owners would have to come down to the shelterand:

· Provide identification (valid driver’s license or state ID)

· Prove that their dog has gotten its rabies vaccination for that year

· Pay for a $10 dog license that goes around the dog’s neck.

Dog owners can also apply by mail or online. The license is good for one year.

“Each year, the city does require that you register your animal as your property, just as you would register your car,” said Ebony Robinson, Associate Director at the Detroit Health Department. “We have a number of animals that get lost or get away from their owners and an easy way to get them back, if they are licensed, is to call the owner up and tell that we have their animal.”

Summer in Detroit can mean lots of fun outside with your dog. But when the temperatures soar, owners must take the necessary steps to protect their pet. Whether you take your dog for a walk down the street, a ride in the car or just out in the yard to play, the heat can be hard on them. Responsible pet ownership is something every pet owner should have but may not know.

The DACC team’s mission is to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and visitors of the City of Detroit; to maintain the highest standards of humane animal sheltering; to promote the placement of animals into homes; and to encourage responsible pet ownership through education, enforcement, and community partnership.

“Responsible pet ownership is critical,” said Ebony Robinson. “We have a number of families here in Detroit that are not aware that there is a local ordinance, Chapter 6, that governs the ownership and the care of animals that are within city limits.”

When the temperatures rise, humans may be able to stay cool by sweating or drinking a nice glass of iced tea. Unfortunately for dogs, they cannot do that. Dogs mostly cool themselves off by panting. Some ways to keep your pup comfortable and safe when the mercury starts to rise are to keep them indoors, provide reliable shade and plenty of fresh drinking water, add water to their play, and refrain from exercising on hot days, among other precautionary measures.

“You should make sure your dog isn’t outside longer than an hour or so, because their pads can get hot and raw just by stepping on the concrete,” said Renena McCaskill, Administrative Supervisor at DACC. “If you can’t bare being outside in the heat, neither can your pets.”

Pet supervision is also important during the summer months. Dog owners should never take their dog outside in public places without a leash and collar. They should make sure their pet is in an enclosed area where they cannot escape or are chained to a post. Yard dogs or chained dogs that are kept outside 24/7 are responsible for over 75%of dog bites in Detroit.

“Dog owners should make sure their fences or gates are properly tethered, meaning, a bar or chain is keeping it closed,” said McCaskill, who is a dog owner herself. “I have a padlock on mine just for safety. Dog owners want to always check the perimeters of their property to make sure there are no holes. Dogs love to play and dig holes and jump the fence. Those precautionary measure can help cut down on dog bites in the city.”

The DACC is located at 7401 Chrysler Drive. Its hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 10:30-3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11-1 p.m. Pet adoptions are every day. For more information on pet responsibility, visit www.detroitmi.gov/dacc or call 313-224-6356

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