Don’t get tagged: it’s time to register your dog

Whether your dog is one of the two breeds newly recognized by the American Kennel Club or more of a classic hunting 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 compliant with local regulations.

According to the CBJ ordinance, all dogs over 6 months old and residing in Juneau for more than 30 days must be registered with Juneau Animal Rescue annually by January 1. However, authorities only assess late fees after March 31.

Karen Wood, director of animal control and protection at Juneau Animal Rescue – the group contracted by CBJ to provide an 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.

This undated photo, provided by the American Kennel Club, shows the Russian Toy breed. The American Kennel Club has announced that the Mudi and Russian Toy have received full recognition and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and Toy Group respectively. These additions bring the number of breeds recognized by the AKC to 199. (Courtesy of the American Kennel Club)

“We had a big rush at the beginning, then a big rush at the end of December,” she told Empire in a phone interview Wednesday morning.

She said the group typically registers 3,500 to 4,000 dogs each year. She said the pandemic dampened check-in numbers a bit last year.

Wood said registering dogs helps reunite animals with their owners if a dog gets lost.

“The main benefit is that if the dog gets lost and has a tag, we can contact an owner. Often we can just get the dog home,” Wood said.

She said if officers find a dog without a license, 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 neutered or neutered dog and $45 to register an unmodified dog through March 31. After April 1, registration costs an additional $15. An unregistered dog that is impounded is subject to a $95 fine, according to the CBJ order.

“It’s cheaper to get the license,” she said, adding that the money raised through licensing efforts helps to help other animals in need and to fund certain operations, such as collecting injured animals, treating dog bites and helping aggressive animals.

Aurora Hauke, vice chair of the board, agreed.

“It’s good to know that when you obey the law and register your dog, you’re helping other animals,” she said in a phone interview with Empire on Wednesday afternoon.

Until 2019, Juneau Animal Rescue was known as the Gastineau Humane Society. They have been promoting local animal welfare since 1963. In recent years, the group has expanded its operations, Hauke ​​said.

“We have a groomer on staff. We have a dog daycare and dog boarding facility. Food and tracks are for sale in the lobby,” she said, adding that rescue logo merchandise 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 details, and update spaying and neutering information online at 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 first by us or by state agencies,” Wood said. “There are animals that need homes because people can’t keep them.”

Wood said that shelters in Anchorage will send dogs to Juneau, and in his experience shipping is a bit easier to 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 also often available for adoption.

Hauke ​​said he found his dog through Juneau Animal Rescue.

“I adopted my dog ​​from the shelter. He is a purebred dog. It has 8 years of history that we know nothing about. But he is very soft and cuddly. We’re just working on his mannerisms,” Hauke ​​said.

Wood said the shelter doesn’t have many dogs available for adoption at this time. 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, then scouting available dogs online at https://www.juneauanimalrescue.org/.

“Our paperwork is pretty painless,” Hauke ​​said.

New breeds on the block.

An athletic Hungarian farm dog and small pet of former Russian aristocrats are the latest breeds in the American Kennel Club’s purebred lineup.

The club announced on Tuesday that it recognizes the Russian toy and the mudi. This means they are eligible to compete for best show at many US dog shows, including the AKC’s annual grand championship and the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show.

The mudi (pronounced as “moody”) descends from long lines of Hungarian sheepdogs before a museum director took an interest in the breed and gave it a name around 1930. Fans say the medium-sized dogs and shaggy are vigorous, versatile, and hardworking, capable of herding sheep, hunting wild boar, catching rats, and participating in canine sports such as agility and dock diving.

A Black Mudi, a Hungarian breed of sheepdog, helps lead a herd of 120 buffaloes from their summer pasture to their winter habitat on the premises of Kiskunsag National Park, Budapest, Hungary, January 25, 2017. The American Kennel Club has announced that the Mudi and Russian Toy have received full recognition and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and Toy Group respectively.  These additions bring the number of breeds recognized by the AKC to 199.  (Sandor Ujvari / MTI)

A Black Mudi, a Hungarian breed of sheepdog, helps lead a herd of 120 buffaloes from their summer pasture to their winter habitat on the premises of Kiskunsag National Park, Budapest, Hungary, January 25, 2017. The American Kennel Club has announced that the Mudi and Russian Toy have received full recognition and are eligible to compete in the Herding Group and Toy Group respectively. These additions bring the number of breeds recognized by the AKC to 199. (Sandor Ujvari / MTI)

“They’re very perceptive and they have a subtle quality” and are very trainable, but they need things to do, said Kim Seiter, a dog agility trainer from Oak Ridge, New Jersey, who has four. “They are not for the inactive person.”

The dogs – the proper plural is “mudik” – were featured on postage stamps in their native country in 2004, as were some other Hungarian breeds.

The Russian Toy developed from small English terriers that came to the attention of Russian elites in the early 1700s. The small dogs – believed to weigh no more than 6.5 pounds (2.7 kg) – have a leggy figure, perky expression and lively demeanor, breeders say.

“They are extremely affectionate” with their owners, but can be reserved around strangers and need to meet lots of new people as puppies, says Nona Dietrich of Minnetonka, Minnesota, breeder and member of the Russian Toy Club of America. “And they are funny. They have a hell of an 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 many dog ​​shows.

Recognition requirements include the presence of at least 300 dogs of the breed in at least 20 states and the promulgation of a breed standard that specifies ideal characteristics, from temperament to toes. Many popular hybrid or “designer” breeds, such as Labradoodles and Puggles, are unrecognized, but they may one day be if breeders decide to take an interest in them.

Some animal rights and welfare advocates bemoan dog breeding and the purebred market, saying they spur puppy mills and block adoptable pets from shelters.

The AKC says breeding can be done responsibly and preserves somewhat predictable characteristics that help people find and commit to the right dog for them.

Juneau’s best dog (names)

popular names

According to Wood, dog names in Juneau tend to be gender specific and often invoke a sense of belonging. Here are the top local picks:

females

—Bella

-Moon

-Sadie

Males

—Loki

—Taku

—Kodiak

The local list includes crosses with the nationally popular names. According to Rover.com, the top names in 2021 include:

females

—Bella

-Moon

– Lucy

Males

-Maximum

– Charly

— Cooper

However, the American Kennel Club lists Loki as a trending name on its dedicated dog name website.

Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at [email protected] or 907-308-4891.