WHAT DETERMINES OWNERSHIP OF A DOG?
The bond between a dog and its owner is a bond like no other. Dogs bring so much joy to our lives! But is it necessary to register your furry friend and acquire legal proof of ownership?
How Is a Dog Legally Yours?
When you adopt a pup, legal paperwork is probably not the first thing on your mind! You’re too excited to spend time playing with your furry new friend, receiving lots of cuddles and kisses, and, of course, uploading cute pics to Facebook! However, there are a few situations that may require you to prove ownership of your dog, for example, if your dog gets lost.
So, how can you prove you legally own your dog? First of all, if you buy a dog from a breeder, keep track of your adoption or purchase record. Store the original document in a safe place and take a photo on your phone for backup. Next, register your dog with the local authorities. While this is not mandatory in every state, it can help you prove ownership if required further down the line. Also, register your dog with a vet and keep its medical records up to date with local visits.
If you share a dog with a partner and you’re not married, consider signing a pet ownership agreement. This kind of document helps to outline who is responsible for the dog’s care. You can also choose to add a clause regarding what would happen if the relationship were to end. This kind of pragmatic thinking helps to prioritize the wellbeing of your dog in any eventuality.
Is a Dog Microchip Proof of Ownership?
When you take your new dog for its first visit with the vet, enquire about getting your pup microchipped. A microchip is a tiny electronic device that can serve as your dog’s permanent ID. Each microchip contains a unique number that links to a database containing the owner’s details. If you lose your dog, a microchip is the best way to ensure you’ll be reunited. Most vets and rescue shelters can scan a lost dog for a microchip to locate your contact information and get in touch with you. It also helps prove that the lost dog is yours.
Another way to ID is your dog is with a collar and ID tag. Get your contact information engraved on the ID tag and be sure to keep it updated if you move or change your phone number. This way, if someone finds your lost dog, they’ll be able to get a hold of you immediately.
If you have lost your dog, be sure to mention the collar, ID tag, and microchip in your lost dog post. Clear communication of this sort of information can really increase your chances of finding your lost dog. You can also boost your Facebook post with Pet Alert Boost to target people living within a 6-mile radius of the area where you lost your dog.