To get the $31.45 rate for a lifetime dog license you not only need to provide documentation that your dog has been surgically sterilized, your beloved pet also needs to have been either tattooed with a serial number or had a microchip implant. Lilly has had neither. This means she is not qualified to get the lifetime license at all, unless, of course, I decide to spend the money to have her either tattooed or chipped. Suddenly that lifetime license is such a deal. How do I know? I talked the implant thing over with my Vet - they charge $50. Add that to the lifetime license fee and you got $81.45. The standard fee for a spayed female is $6.45 per year. If she lives 12 years that's only $77.40. Does she really need that lifetime license? Will I actually buy her a new license every year? Was that drive to Carlisle a waste of time? Did I answer 'yes' to anyone of these questions?
Now I can understand the license thing to a point. If your dog gets loose and ends up in the pound it's a way for them to contact you. However you don't see a lot of stray dogs running around my neighborhood. Most people here take care of the pets. My yard is fenced in and the gate is locked. If I am going through that gate the dogs are in the house. Outside of my house and my yard, my dogs are vulnerable. They would be like children in a world they do not understand, so I keep them safe. As of today, they do both have licenses. I suspect the license fee is just another way for the state to put money in its coffers. This is, I believe, the reason most states have dog license laws on their books.