More effective licensing means increased funding for programs benefiting companion animals, and it lays the foundation to make reasonable breeder regulation workable
Dog licensing does not directly affect dog population, but the fees derived from licenses are vital to the functions of animal control agencies, including conduct of spay/neuter programs, care of
impounded animals, and promotion of adoptions. Consequently, maximizing the rate of dog licensure in every community is of paramount importance.
Typically, however, dog licensing rates are extremely low, with individual animal control agencies occasionally reaching into the 30 percent range and seldom into the 40 percent range. In California, the average dog licensure rate is about 20 percent.
In the earlier-referenced article (Creative Community Involvement to Improve Licensing, ‘NACA NEWS’, January/February, 2013), two complementary market-driven licensing database mechanisms are proposed (“POSTLEA” and the Open License Check Database/”OLC”). Implementation of these database systems is critically important not only to increase licensing revenues but because these systems can be readily adapted to make enactment and enforcement of reasonable breeder regulation cost-effective and workable, i.e. effectively set on ‘semi-auto pilot’ (See also Backyard Breeding).