Hi, I’m Sweetie! I’m a 1-year old female Bullmastiff and I’m running for Shelter Dog Of The Month! Why me? I’m a likable candidate! Preferring human’s to other dogs, I’m quiet and gentle with a caring spirit. I’m outgoing and take delight in playtime. My motto? More homes for pets mean more love for humans! My platform? All pets deserve a home and humans deserve the love of animals! As the sole dog in an adult-only home, I believe I can see my agenda realized while bringing a unique point of view to my new family. Do I have your vote? Sweetie, ID#A058349, is available for adoption at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter located at 1640 9th Street. The shelter is closed to the public and adoptions are by appointment only by calling the shelter at (310) 458-8595, Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For a full list of adoptable animals, visit petharbor.com.

Pet Tip Of The Week: Dog Licensing

Along with Love, the primary requirement for responsible pet ownership is being in compliance with all pet laws including dog licensing. This annual requirement must be fulfilled by providing animal control with your dog’s current rabies certification and paying licensing fees. Violation of dog licensing include hefty fines, the possibility of a notice to appear in court, and depending on the circumstances, animal control may confiscate your dog.

There are benefits to dog licensing! Dog parks are only available to Santa Monica residents who are current in dog licensing. If your dog gets lost, dog licensing can increase the chances of your dog being reunited with you. In the US, only 13% of dogs are reunited with their owners due mostly to dogs not having proper identification. If your dog is found and taken to an animal shelter, your dog’s license gives animal control the opportunity to contact you.

Dog licensing saves lives! The revenue from dog licensing provides funding for spay and neuter programs, and pays for any needed emergency medical treatment for stray dogs if they are found ill or injured. Most important, having your dog rabies certified protects them from the fatal disease.

To license your dog, contact your local animal control division. If you are a Santa Monica resident, you may register your dog online at santamonicapd.org. Click on Animal Control Section. For questions, call the Santa Monica Animal Shelter at (310) 458-8595.

Pet of the Week is provided by Carmen Molinari, a long-time volunteer at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter and founder and CEO of Love At First Sit, a pet care and dog training company in Santa Monica. Learn about her, pet tips, and Love At First Sit services at loveatfirstsit.net.

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