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Pet Licensing is Your Pet’s Ticket Home

Pet Licensing

April 17 – 23, 2023, is National Pet ID Week and April 23, 2023, is Lost Dog Awareness Day!  

Did you know that one in three pets will wander off at some point in their lifetime? Once a pet is lost, only about 10 percent will be reunited with their family. Losing a pet is a frightening moment, but thankfully, there are ways to get pets home faster!   

A license tag provides a quick and accurate way of helping furry family members find their way home. Additionally, it is required by law in Orange County for all dogs over the age of four months to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies, which a license tag also provides proof of. 

When licensing pets through OC Animal Care, residents will receive a PetHub License tag which allows pet owners to create a free online profile for their pet. The profile contains information such as the pet’s name, breed, age, medications, allergies, owner’s contact information, and much more. Anyone finding the pet can scan the tag’s QR code and see the pet’s information made public by its owner to help reunite the pet and its owner sooner.

Pets currently licensed with OC Animal Care will also qualify for OC Animal Care's Take Me Home Program. This pet redemption program is offered to pet owners who have had their licensed pets impounded for the first time and requires pet owners to redeem their pet(s) within the first 24 hours. 

For more information on how to license your pet, visit or contact OC Animal Care’s Licensing Department Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (714) 259-1091. Pet owners can also email for assistance.