On June 1 this year, the “Hefei City Dog Management Regulations” was officially implemented. In the past two months, more than 20,000 dog registration applications have been received and over 19,000 licenses issued.
So what is the application procedure like :
Dog owners in Hefei can apply at the nearest registration point specified by the public security organs, or online through WeChat official account or a dedicated mobile APP. The Hefei Municipal Public Security Bureau and the Agriculture and Rural Bureau have signed a service agreement in the city’s qualified pet hospitals on a voluntary basis to implement dog immunization and registration certificates at the same place. At present, the list of the first batch of 57 points has been confirmed and announced.
There are three main categories when individuals apply for dog registration certificates.
- The first is Hefei City’s household registration, which requires the dog owner’s ID card and fixed residence certificate (real estate certificate, rental contract, etc.);
- The second is for non-Hefei City household registration, which requires the dog’s owner ID card and residence permit;
- The third is for foreign (overseas) Personnel who should have a residence permit and proof of fixed residence (property certificate, lease contract, etc.). In addition to these materials, a valid immunization certificate of the dog and recent electronic photos of the front and side of the dog are also required.
Wang Weixing, the director of a pet hospital in Yaohai District, Hefei, told reporters that when the policy first came out, there were a lot of people who came to register for dog keeping. Ten or twenty dog tags were issued a day, and it has gradually stabilized.
“When a dog breeder comes to a designated pet hospital to apply for a permit, he/she needs to bring the dog to the scene, and the pet doctor will determine whether the dog breed meets the regulations. At the hospital, they will assist the owner to download the relevant software and upload the prepared materials, which will be reviewed by the pet hospital . If the review is okay, the dog certificate and dog tag will be issued on site. The whole process is free. According observations, the reasons for the obstruction of some obtaining a dog registration certificate are generally concentrated on the fact that the dog has not been vaccinated, is a banned dog, or the information is incomplete.
However some dog owners reported that their dogs have indeed been vaccinated, but they have not been approved by the pet hospital. In this regard, the hospital explained that the place of vaccination is very important , because only after a vaccination from a pet hospital with the qualification of a designated immunization unit in Hefei, can the rabies vaccine certificate be issued by the Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center . If the vaccine is administered in an unqualified pet hospital, the corresponding certificate will not be obtained. In this case, when pet hospitals issue certificates, they will generally require dog owners to go to a qualified hospital for re-injection within a safe time and allow them to submit the immunization certificate in a short period of time.