Philly animal control offers high-tech help for finding lost pets

New 'Liberty License' comes free with registration fee.

John McDevitt
June 08, 2018 - 12:34 pm
digital Liberty License

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's animal control agency is offering digital dog tags when owners register their pets with the city. The new technology has many benefits.

If you spot a lost dog wearing a bright orange "Liberty License," you can use your smart phone to read the QR code and instantly get medical information, dietary needs, and the owner's phone number. 

Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia will provide the digital licenses when dog owners pay the $16 registration fee.

Audra Houghton is the interim executive director of ACCT Philly. 

"We wanted to sort of relaunch our dog licensing program with our new Liberty License to get the word out there so people know how important this is, not only for controlling rabies in the community, but also for getting your pet back to you real quickly," Houghton said.

Dog licensing registration in Phildelphia has been down 5 percent in the last few years.  

There are optional upgrades on the tag, which include "found pet" alerts, and GPS mapping.

Get Me Home tags with similar technology are also available for cats.