Yogi is 13.5 weeks old. We are waiting to neuter him after his first birthday, per our breeder's contract and evidence of the benefits of doing so on his health and longevity. In discussing this with his vet, and the timing of his rabies vaccination, which gets reported to the City via computer, I learned that the City requires all new pets to be altered before their 6 month point or the owner must obtain an Intact Animal Permit. I thought, okay, not a big deal...until I got home and pulled up the ordinance. Basically, when he gets his rabies shot we must register him with the city, as required by ordinance. For altered pets this is $7, for intact pets it is $30. OK, fine, not a big deal. In addition, the City requires I obtain an Intact Animal Permit with an annual fee of $70. Again, not a big deal if in the long run I give Yogi a better chance at a longer, healthier life...but not so fast... In order to get this permit the owner must:
1. Microchip the dog (not a problem, we will do this at 6 months).
2. Be a member of a pure breed animal club approved by Dallas Animal Services ...or
... go down and take a course on responsible pet ownership, conducted by Animal Services. This is the same organization that let a cat escape into the interior walls of the offices and die because the manager at the time did not want to cut a hole in the drywall to get it out.
Yes, the manager ultimately lost his job over that, as he should; however, I wonder about just how responsible they are and if the staff should be teaching a course like this- after all if I worked there I would have just made the holes in the drywall myself, probably in frustration from working there.
3. Show proof of current vaccinations (not a problem).
I am not inclined to take a course from the city so I investigated joining the local Golden Retriever club and learned it will take longer than I have to complete the Intact Animal Permit application process since it requires attending 3 meetings and a vote. My next option, and one I like, is to join the Golden Retriever Club of America, which is something I've considered for awhile. Just to make sure this club will meet the requirements I decided to call Animal Services and ask. Here is how this conversation went:
Me: I'd like to determine if membership in the Golden Retriever Club of America will be sufficient to satisfy the requirement for the Intact Animal Permit that the owner be a member of a purebreed animal club.
Employee: The what Permit?
Me: The Intact Animal Permit.
Employee: We have one of those??
Me: Uh, yes, it's in the city ordinances.
Employee: I've never heard of that type of permit.....
I cannot believe my property taxes pay this organization's payroll.
The employee suggested I call another number and leave a voice mail. I did so, but my guess is I will not get a return call. Sheesh....