Upper Arlington

Licensing your dog by Jan. 31 protects its safety — and is required by law

To the Editor:

Adopting Daphne from the dog shelter three years ago has been such a rewarding experience for our family. With all of the joy she has brought into our lives, we've made it a priority to return the favor by maintaining her health and safety.

One simple way to accomplish both of these goals is to get a dog license annually.

If you own a dog in Franklin County, you are required to buy a license by Jan. 31, and display it on your dog's collar at all times.

Not only is it the law, but it's an important tool to ensure your dog is quickly returned to you should it become lost. In fact, over 90 percent of dogs found wearing a license are returned. Last year alone, nearly 3,000 lost dogs were reunited with their owners.

Franklin County's license fee is just $12 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $24 for dogs that aren't. Dogs must also receive a rabies vaccination before a license can be purchased.

Get your 2013 dog license today. Go online at franklincountydogs.com or visit the Dog Shelter & Adoption Center at 4340 Tamarack Blvd. A complete list of locations is also available by calling 614-525-DOGS (3647).

John O'Grady
Franklin County