Whether your dog is one of the two breeds newly recognized by the American Kennel Club or rather a classic dog, it’s time to renew the dog’s registration with the City and Borough of Juneau.
Technically, the deadline has passed. But it’s not too late to make sure Fido is in compliance with local regulations.
According to the CBJ order, all dogs over 6 months of age and residing in Juneau for more than 30 days must be registered with Juneau Animal Rescue each year by January 1. However, authorities do not assess late fees until after March 31.
Karen Wood, director of animal control and protection at Juneau Animal Rescue – the group has contracted with CBJ to provide animal control service – said that so far around 1,500 dogs have been registered since the start. of the new registration period on November 1.
“We had a big rush at the start, then a big rush towards the end of December,” she told the Empire in a telephone interview Wednesday morning.
She said the group typically registers 3,500 to 4,000 dogs each year. She said the pandemic had suppressed registration numbers a bit last year.
Wood said registering dogs helps reunite pets with their owners if a dog gets lost.
“The main advantage is that if the dog gets lost and has a tag, we can contact an owner. A lot of times we can just take the dog home, ”said Wood.
She said if officers find an unlicensed dog, they take it to the shelter until the owner is located and produces a valid rabies vaccination certificate. She said fines and fees also apply when unlicensed dogs are found.
Wood said it costs $ 20 to register a spayed or neutered dog and $ 45 to register an unaltered dog until March 31. After April 1, registration costs an additional $ 15. An unregistered dog that is impounded is liable to a fine of $ 95, based on the CBJ order.
“It’s cheaper to get the license,” she said, adding that the money raised through the licensing efforts helps help other animals in need and fund certain operations, like pick up injured animals, deal with dog bites and help aggressive animals.
Aurora Hauke, vice-chair of the board, agreed.
“It’s good to know that when you follow the law and register your dog, you are helping other animals,” she said in a phone interview with the Empire on Wednesday afternoon.
Until 2019, Juneau Animal Rescue was known as Gastineau Humane Society. They have been promoting local animal welfare since 1963. In recent years, the group has expanded its business, Hauke said.
“We have a groomer on our team. We have a daycare and a boarding house for dogs. Food and tracks are on sale in the lobby, ”she said, adding that merchandise bearing the rescue logo is also available as a fundraiser.
How to register
Dog owners can register their puppies, renew and pay for a dog license, upload proof of rabies vaccine, update contact information, and update spay and neuter information online at the address https://www.juneauanimalrescue.org/licensing.html or by calling (907) 789-6997.
Are you looking for a dog?
If you want to add a dog to your family, Wood and Hauke suggest adoption.
“We recommend adoption through us or state agencies first,” said Wood. “There are animals that need a home because people can’t keep them. ”
Wood said shelters in Anchorage will ship dogs to Juneau and that, in his experience, shipping is a bit easier in Alaska than from other states.
Additionally, she said Juneau Animal Rescue receives dogs, including litters of puppies from nearby villages and other shelters across the state if they fill up.
She said mixed breeds, including lab and husky mixes, are common, and purebred dogs are often available for adoption as well.
Hauke said she found her dog through Juneau Animal Rescue.
“I adopted my dog from the shelter. He is a purebred dog. It has 8 years of history of which nothing is known. But, he is very soft and cuddly. We’re just working on his manners, ”Hauke said.
Wood said the shelter doesn’t have many dogs available for adoption at the moment. But, he says, there are animals in the shelter that are receiving veterinary care and will be available soon.
Hauke and Wood suggest filling out adoption paperwork first and then monitoring dogs available online at https://www.juneauanimalrescue.org/.
“Our paperwork is pretty painless,” Hauke said.
New races on the block.
An athletic Hungarian farm dog and small pet of old Russian aristocrats are the latest breeds in the American Kennel Club’s purebred line.
The club announced on Tuesday that it recognizes the Russian toy and the mudi. This means they are eligible to compete for the best in show at many American dog shows, including the AKC’s big annual championship and the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show.
The mudi (pronounced as “moody”) originated from long lines of Hungarian sheepdogs before a museum director became interested in the breed and gave it a name around 1930. Fans say the shaggy dogs in size Average are vigorous, versatile and hardworking, able to herd sheep, hunt wild boars, catch rats and participate in dog sports such as agility and dock diving.
“They’re very insightful, and they have a subtle quality,” and are very easy to train, but they need things to do, said Kim Seiter, canine agility trainer in Oak Ridge, New Jersey, who has four. . “They are not for the inactive person.”
Dogs – the correct plural is “mudik” – were featured on postage stamps in their homeland in 2004, as were other Hungarian breeds.
The Russian toy developed from small English terriers that wowed Russian elites in the early 1700s. The small dogs – believed to weigh no more than 6.5 pounds (2.7 kg) – have a silky figure. long legs, a cheerful expression and a lively demeanor, according to the breeders.
“They are extremely affectionate” with their owners, but can be reserved with strangers and need to meet a lot of new people as puppies, says Nona Dietrich of Minnetonka, Minnesota, breeder and member of the Russian Toy Club of America. “And they’re funny. They have a hell of a attitude.
The AKC is the oldest purebred dog registry in the United States. It recognizes 199 breeds, including the two newcomers, and acts as the governing body for numerous dog shows.
Recognition requirements include having at least 300 purebred dogs in at least 20 states and promulgating a breed standard that specifies ideal characteristics, from temperament to toe. Many popular hybrid or “designer” breeds, such as Labradoodles and Puggles, go unrecognized, but there is a chance they will one day if breeders decide to pursue them.
Some animal rights and welfare advocates lament the dog breeding and purebred market, saying they are stimulating puppy mills and blocking adoptable animals in shelters.
The AKC says breeding can be done responsibly and preserves somewhat predictable characteristics that help people find and engage with the right dog for them.
Juneau’s best dog (names)
According to Wood, dog names in Juneau tend to be gender specific and often evoke a sense of belonging. Here are the top local picks:
The local list includes cross-checks with popular names nationwide. According to Rover.com, the top names in 2021 include:
However, the American Kennel Club rates Loki as a trending name on their dog name website.
• Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at [email protected] or 907-308-4891.