Comments Off on DOGTAP – WHY DID WE MAKE IT? Identification is the key mechanism for reuniting ‘lost’ dogs with their owners; hence it reduces the number of animals in shelters (and the financial and administrative burden this incurs to authorities or animal welfare groups), the number of healthy animals that are euthanized, and owner anxiety. Identification helps ensure that responsibility for an animal’s behavior can be correctly attributed, for example in the event of a dog attack. Visible identification discourages cruelty, theft and fraud, thus helping safeguard the welfare of the animal. By clearly connecting owner and pet, identification can reduce the likelihood of abandonment and encourage owners to take responsibility for their animal’s behavior.