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A New Pet Licensing Program is Headed to Syracuse

Dog licensing in Syracuse will now be handled by the Canadian company, DocuPet. © 2018 AP. By Julio Cortez.

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By Erron Franklin SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — A new company is headed to the city of Syracuse to oversee the city’s dog licensing program.

Only about 8 percent of the entire dog population in Syracuse is actually registered, which represents roughly about 2,000 dogs, according the city clerk’s office.

The Syracuse Common Council is taking steps to improve the licensing process. They recently approved an agreement between the city and DocuPet, the Canadian-based dog licensing company.

This is the first time DocuPet will be operating within the United States; however, at a meeting with the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Committee, Grant Goodwin, the company’s chief executive officer, explained the benefits of their program.

“We are, on average, increasing the compliance rate within our partnership municipalities at a rate of over a hundred per cent annually. Meaning, we are doubling sales, annually, of pet licenses,” he said.

Pet owners who license their dogs through DocuPet will also have access to a number of services which include: Lost pet service, which generates a lost pet brigade; a unique pet tag that links pet’s to an online profile through a unique ID code; and, a rewards program that will offer discounts at local retailers.

DocuPet plans to market the program’s benefits online and by going door-to-door. Visiting neighborhoods and ringing doorbells has worked for some residents in the past.

“I don’t know if I would have known that we to license dogs if they hadn’t stopped and said ‘your dogs are not licensed,’” Brenda Carper said.

The program should be up and operating in mid-September.

New York requires all dogs to be licensed. The state announced it would stop issuing licenses in 2011 to cut budget cost. The responsibility was handed over to local governments.