Benefits to Tagging

To ensure public health and safety

Every licensed pet has been vaccinated against rabies. This protects your pets, children and neighbors against this transmittable disease! The Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) license serving as proof of rabies vaccinations ensures public safety and peace of mind to any bite victim.

To help you reunite with your lost pet

With proper identification, your pet can be returned more quickly and sometimes without a trip to the shelter!


What many people may not know is that LMAS will even provide a ride home for the pet, if it is wearing a tag. License numbers provide LMAS staff with the pet owner’s contact information. So, if a LMAS Officer finds a roaming dog or cat wearing a license tag, the officer will bring the pet to the owner instead of the shelter. 


If a citizen brings a lost pet to the shelter and it has its’ license tag, LMAS will let the pet owner know immediately. Talk about peace of mind at a stressful time.


A license tag can be easily traced to the animal’s owner with a phone call to Metro Animal Services (LMAS) at (502) 363-6609 any time.  A license tag is your pet’s ticket home!

To support the adoption of unwanted pets

Your yearly license fee helps us create a safe and comfortable place for strays and unwanted pets. It also pays for services and education.

It’s the law!

​The best way to support responsible dog ownership is to set a good example for others.