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Why you should put your phone number on your dog’s collar

By NoAddedMSG - 19 April 2012 23

This is a reminder as to the importance of putting a tag with your phone number on it on your dog’s collar. Sure, you dog might be micro chipped but that is not always going to be helpful. Last night, coming home in the dark and rain, I chanced about a large elderly black dog standing in the middle of the road at high risk of being run over. This was in Reid – a suburb with nothing much in the way of street lights, so not a good location for a dark coloured, obviously deaf, dog with no road sense to be chilling out on his own. He had a collar but no tag, so an unsuccessful door knock later, I rang Domestic Animal Services, as per the suggestion on the ACT RSPCA page.

Domestic Animal Services do not collect lost dogs after-hours. I was informed my only option was to take the dog to a vet who would (presumably) take over responsibility for him. This was not an option as I was on my bike and still a fair distance from home where the car was. Too far to get this dog to walk with me all the way home. So, I spent the next 40 minutes wandering Reid with this dog, making sure he didn’t get run over (he really had no road sense at all), and hoping he would find his own way home. Eventually I found a local dog walker who recognised him, and volunteered to walk him home.

After a 45 minute detour on the way home, in the rain, I was pretty pissed off at the owner of that dog. If he had a tag on him, I could have called the owner straight away. I also wasn’t overly impressed by the response from Domestic Animal Services.

So please, put a tag on your dog with a number that will be reliably answered on it. Otherwise you really are relying on them being found by someone with the means to transport them to a vet.

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Why you should put your phone number on your dog’s collar
Innovation 4:16 pm 19 Apr 12

Zeital said :

i have 3 numbers on my dogs tag so if she ever does get out at least one person will pick up if the other is busy. the last few times i have found wonders in my suburb they have had numbers and its so much faster to get the dogs back to people that way.

if only everyone was as smart…..

+1 – less likely to occur now with the prevalence of mobile phones and micro chipping but years ago I once found a stray dog with a phone number but no address. After several days of phoning I discovered that the owners had been away and the neighbours had been feeding the dog who lived outside and, even though they could hear the phone ringing constantly, they didn’t have access to the house to answer the phone.

Zeital 4:01 pm 19 Apr 12

Mattenagger said :

On the subject of dog registration. Can anyone explain the purpose of the yellow and green tag? I asked one of the guys that works at the pound and his explanation was “the yellow tag is like a number plate and the green tag is like the rego sticker”. I couldn’t understand the logic behind this. Presumably a number plate is for quick, easy idenitification of a vehicle possibly from a distance. Considering the green and yellow tag are exactly the same size I don’t understand the need for both. They’re quite cumbersome on a dog’s collar and I have often found my dogs chewing the tags to bits. I was given 1 set of replacement tags for free but am not game enough to enquire about another new set.

i only got a yellow tag when i registered my dog which is a ‘for life’ thing. its basicly another form of keeping track of the dogs owned my people/household as you can only have up to i think its 4 before you have to pay more to have more then that etc etc

astrojax 3:56 pm 19 Apr 12

Mattenagger said :

I have often found my dogs chewing the tags to bits. I was given 1 set of replacement tags for free but am not game enough to enquire about another new set.

clearly you need to bite the bullet but not let your dogs do likewise – have their teeth out and feed them congee the rest of their days; at least the tags will be safe…

Zeital 3:54 pm 19 Apr 12

i have 3 numbers on my dogs tag so if she ever does get out at least one person will pick up if the other is busy. the last few times i have found wonders in my suburb they have had numbers and its so much faster to get the dogs back to people that way.

if only everyone was as smart…..

Mattenagger 3:32 pm 19 Apr 12

On the subject of dog registration. Can anyone explain the purpose of the yellow and green tag? I asked one of the guys that works at the pound and his explanation was “the yellow tag is like a number plate and the green tag is like the rego sticker”. I couldn’t understand the logic behind this. Presumably a number plate is for quick, easy idenitification of a vehicle possibly from a distance. Considering the green and yellow tag are exactly the same size I don’t understand the need for both. They’re quite cumbersome on a dog’s collar and I have often found my dogs chewing the tags to bits. I was given 1 set of replacement tags for free but am not game enough to enquire about another new set.

ABC129 3:15 pm 19 Apr 12

Apart from the fact that It’s the law:

Dog registration is compulsory in the ACT and dogs must always wear their registration tag or a dog tag that displays their registration number.
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/pets/keeping_dogs_in_the_act

2.0 2:53 pm 19 Apr 12

DeskMonkey said :

2.0 said :

DeskMonkey said :

yes and if you sell your dog or give it away make sure the new owners update the tag! I got a call from the pound who had found my old dog that I had given up a year earlier.

Pets are for life!! not just a convenience.

I cant stand people who give away animals just because it diesnt suit their lifestyle of circumstances anymore.

Sorry but I can’t justify keeping my dog after she’s grown up in a house with a large yard, and moving her into my new house with a kennel and no yard. It’s not fair on her and I did the best that I could to her by giving her to a loving family with a large property.

Do presume to know my circumstances before you judge.

No not judging you at all, just giving my opinion.

I have heard of so many people getting a cat/dog while renting then give them away after a year because they find it too hard to find another place that would accept pets. and others who get ‘cute little puppies’ then give them away when they realise that they do infact grow up.

I do understand that there are some circumstances where there is no other option.

DeskMonkey 2:31 pm 19 Apr 12

2.0 said :

DeskMonkey said :

yes and if you sell your dog or give it away make sure the new owners update the tag! I got a call from the pound who had found my old dog that I had given up a year earlier.

Pets are for life!! not just a convenience.

I cant stand people who give away animals just because it diesnt suit their lifestyle of circumstances anymore.

Sorry but I can’t justify keeping my dog after she’s grown up in a house with a large yard, and moving her into my new house with a kennel and no yard. It’s not fair on her and I did the best that I could to her by giving her to a loving family with a large property.

Do presume to know my circumstances before you judge.

FioBla 2:21 pm 19 Apr 12

2.0 said :

DeskMonkey said :

yes and if you sell your dog or give it away make sure the new owners update the tag! I got a call from the pound who had found my old dog that I had given up a year earlier.

Pets are for life!! not just a convenience.

I cant stand people who give away animals just because it diesnt suit their lifestyle of circumstances anymore.

For life… I guess he should have put the dog down instead.

2.0 2:15 pm 19 Apr 12

DeskMonkey said :

yes and if you sell your dog or give it away make sure the new owners update the tag! I got a call from the pound who had found my old dog that I had given up a year earlier.

Pets are for life!! not just a convenience.

I cant stand people who give away animals just because it diesnt suit their lifestyle of circumstances anymore.

Djinn1 2:05 pm 19 Apr 12

Sterling effort to reunite the poor dog with its owners. Bit of a pity that DAS were unhelpful, but that seems to be par for the course with most of the staff there.

The only time I have found a dog wandering the streets it also didn’t have a name/number tag but it did have the registration tag on its collar. I called the phone number on it and ended up with the Canberra Connect call centre (it was a Sunday morning). The person I spoke to was really helpful and actually contacted the owner using the registration database and put me onto them so I could ask them where they lived. The owner was out of town but gave me their address and I walked the dog home and put it back in its yard.

Gerry-Built 1:46 pm 19 Apr 12

Well done on taking the time and trying…

We seem to have our immediate region’s escapee dogs gravitate towards our High School. Perhaps they find the sound of groups of kids inviting? Or perhaps the amount of rubbish the kids leave around (and therefore possible snacks)?

However, the number of these dogs without tags is concerning. I’d much sooner have a call telling me my dog has turned up somewhere and to pick them up then pay the pound fine. I’d also suggest a small gift to the person who found your dog; who has probably just saved you $70-$300 (according to GovCo)…

DeskMonkey 1:18 pm 19 Apr 12

yes and if you sell your dog or give it away make sure the new owners update the tag! I got a call from the pound who had found my old dog that I had given up a year earlier.

astrojax 12:28 pm 19 Apr 12

kudos for taking the time to lend a paw to this lost mutt… thankfully it ended happily [enough]. let’s hope the owner read riotact.

i once had a hound, very much a non-roamer, for some unbeknown reason trundle off and end up from a northside start in tuggeranong, muddied and pongy and cold, in the garage of very thankfully wonderful folk who braved the muck and smell and called the number on her tag at 6.30am after she’d been chasing roos or god knows what all night… very one-off behaviour, but it can happen.

Mess 12:03 pm 19 Apr 12

Good call on this one. We found a little dog wandering out the front of our house a few weeks back with no tag. Took them to the vet who couldn’t locate a microchip, so they said the only two options were to leave him at the vet and they would take him to the RSPCA the next afternoon, or take him home and then to the RSPCA in the morning. As it happens, we left him at the vet. The next day about lunchtime a lost dog notice went up on the pound website, so we called the owner to let him know that the dog was at the vet. We got a ‘um ok I’ll go pick him up’ not even a word of thanks. I simple tag with a phone number could have made this process a lot simpler and would have meant the dog could have slept in his bed, and not in a strange new place for a night.

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