New partnership between CCAS and PetHub brings pet licensing into the 21st century
Martinez, CA — Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is teaming up with PetHub.com, the world’s fastest way to get lost pets home, to offer four-legged family members a new 21st century ID tag that promises to increase the chances of a lost animal’s return while reducing the number of animals in shelters.
“This is the kind of powerful tool we want to give pet parents in Contra Costa County,” said CCAS spokesperson, Steve Burdo. “This new innovation will support CCAS in its goal of getting pets back to their families more quickly and will help to reduce the number of animals in the shelter.
PetHub’s system links a physical ID tag to an animal’s online profile that can be accessed through an encrypted connection by anyone with a mobile device, whether a smartphone or standard cellular phone. That profile can be updated free-of-charge at PetHub.com to allow the owner to list emergency contact information, including that of anyone who helps care for the animal, such as spouses, pet sitters, veterinarians, and other family and friends. Optional upgrades include “found pet” alerts, GPS notifications, and a way to broadcast a missing pet’s profile to local shelters and businesses (think “Amber alert,” but for pets).
“Over $2 billion is spent annually by shelters in the U.S. to provide food, critical care, and a safe bed to lost animals,” said Tom Arnold, Founder of PetHub.com. “Our goal is to get a lost dog or cat home before it can become injured through fights with other animals, taken in by strangers thinking the dog is homeless, or enter a shelter.”
The new licensing program will launch on July 1. It is important to note that only animals living within Contra Costa County are eligible for this opportunity.
“Beginning July 1, anyone registering a new pet license – or renewing their existing license – through CCAS will receive the new digital ID tag that is ‘powered by PetHub,’” said Burdo. “We are incredibly excited to bring these new, durable, modern and effective pet ID tags into our community.”
For more information about digital IDs and eligible locations, please visit: www.ccasd.org.