Everyone knows you need a license to drive and a license to practice law or medicine. But a license to own a dog? Being a dog owner requires all sorts of responsibility. One that is often overlooked is registering your dog with your city government and getting him licensed. In Staten Island alone, for example, only 8.47% of dogs are estimated to be licensed. Failing to license your dog can hinder your chances of getting him back if picked up by the pound and can get you in trouble with the law. If the above isn’t reason enough for you to properly register your dog, here are a few more reasons why you should: 1.  It’s the law. In New York State, it’s mandatory that dog owners have their pets licensed. The New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene requires that every dog 4 months or older in New York City must be licensed. In public, a dog must wear a collar and tag. If you get caught without a license, which can and does happen, you will be hit with a hefty fine. 2.  If your dog goes missing, having him licensed drastically improves your chances of getting him back. A license tag helps animal control and shelters quickly identify your dog and get him back to you safely. If your dog is found wandering the streets, a rescue organization can easily look up your dog via its license identifying number. Dogs that are licensed tend to be kept at the shelter longer than unlicensed dogs, which are the first to be euthanized if their owners do not quickly claim them. 3.  The cost of the license is far less than the penalty for being caught without one. In New York City, if a city official finds your dog without a license, you can be fined anywhere from $25 to $200! 4.  Licensing lets people know that your dog is up to date on its rabies vaccinations. The law is in place largely as a matter of safety, a way to make sure that the dogs have had their rabies shots, among other things. A dog cannot be licensed in NYC unless it is properly vaccinated. Animal control or a Good Samaritan will be much more likely to want to handle and care for your missing pup if they know that it is healthy and sans rabies. 5.  License fees support the efforts of many local animal shelters. Typically, the annual fee that you pay to license your dog helps support our animal shelters in New York City and Animal Control services. Average cost of licenses:The average price of an annual dog license is $. A dog license costs $8.50 per year for spayed or neutered dogs or $34 per year for non-spayed or neutered dogs. Where to get your dog licensed:In the past, the NYC dog-licensing system was completely archaic. Now they have a nice, user-friendly website, it’s very easy to understand. You also have an option to license your dog for one, two, three, four or five years. Being able to get longer licenses make sense because people don’t get a dog for just one year. You can apply for a New York City dog license or renew an existing license online at https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/DogLicense/  You can also download the application or call 311 to request to have a paper copy mailed to you. ‪#‎dog‬ ‪#‎dogs‬ ‪#‎pet‬ ‪#‎pets ‪#‎petcare‬ #animal #animals #puppy #puppies #canine #canines #statenisland #NYC #animalcare #license #NYCACC