To prevent a much-loved family pet from ending his days
in fear and agony, the best method of prevention is tattooing. Many dog clubs and
veterinarians provide tattoo identification. By law, no laboratory may use a dog
bearing a tattoo. Although some owners tattoo on the inside of the ear, most choose
the inside of the rear thigh. An ear can be easily cut off.
Most American owners use their social security
which is usually put on the inside of the dog's right hind thigh. Some use the dog's
registration number, which goes on the inside of the left rear thigh. The area is
first shaved and numbed. There is no pain, although a few dogs do not like the
TATTOO YOUR PET WITHOUT REGISTERING THE NUMBER. AN UNREGISTERED
TATTOO IS AN UNTRACEABLE WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
Since 1966, NDR has supervised, directed, conducted, or overseen the
tattooing of more than 6 million animals. To our knowledge, there
never has been a serious skin infection as a result of this safe
WHAT NUMBER SHOULD YOU HAVE TATTOOED ON YOUR PET?
NDR will register any letter and/or number sequence that previously
has been tattooed on a pet. Each type of tattoo number has stronger
and weaker points, but they all work if they are registered with NDR.
The Social Security number has been used successfully for unique pet
identification. Its nine-digit sequence is easily recognized, and
your number will never be used by another person. Because your
Social Security number is yours for a lifetime, it is a very
dependable number to register. The Social Security Administration is
prohibited by law from divulging any information to anyone about
anyone, for any reason. Calling them about finding a tattooed dog is
useless. Maintaining owner/tattoo information is the job of the
National Dog Registry. Should a person transfer ownership of a pet
bearing a Social Security number tattoo, we suggest adding the
initials of the new owner to the tattoo and having the new sequence
registered with NDR. This creates a unique number for that pet. If
you are a breeder, pet shop, or kennel operator, contact NDR for
information about our special programs.
Kennel club numbers is a good tattoo number for purebred animals.
While the kennel clubs maintain records on ownership, they are not
necessarily available on a 24-7 basis, nor do their records contain
certain information necessary to return a pet. NDR registers kennel
club numbers, but suggests that the letters "NDR" be added at the
beginning of the number sequence.
Because most pets are lost during evening hours, holidays, weekends,
and vacations, your tattoo or implant information must be easy to
reach. The NDR staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365
days a year. The main function of the NDR hotline (800/NDR-DOGS) is
to track owner information on found tattooed pets.
NDR unique computer generated numbers may be obtained by calling our
main office. Special numbering sequences also are available for
shelters, rescue groups, and veterinary clinics.
Telephone numbers, post office box numbers, and dates--Although we
will accept these numbers, we do not recommend them. Please call NDR
if you have any questions or need advice about selecting an
appropriate identification for your pet's tattoo
Tattoos are worthless unless listed in a
national tattoo data
base such as Tattoo A Pet or The National Dog Registry.
According to the National Dog
Registry social security numbers and or telephone numbers should not be
First, the Social Security Administration has little information on anyone who
is not actively collecting benefits and is prohibited by law from divulging any
information, except in very special situations. A Drivers License Number or
telephone number is equally ineffective.
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