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Calling all dog owners: annual registration begins soon

Take action now to protect your four-legged friends

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We're not trying to throw those of you with a hairy family member into panic mode, but we've just received confirmation that the notoriously tough annual push for dog registration is going to start next month. Canines without proper documentation run the risk of being classed as strays and confiscated by the PSB, so for the love of all that is furry, please read the following really, really carefully.

Love your mutt? Get 'em registered.

All licenses for dogs registered in Beijing are going to expire on Sunday 30 April, with renewals and new registrations being issued until the end of June. However, considering that this process is notoriously tense, and with dire consequences for pups who don't toe the line, we've been advised to recommend that owners sort out their dog's paperwork in May as crackdowns on illegal dogs will begin imminently.

Our information came courtesy of Mary Peng, CEO of the International Centre for Veterinary Services and all-round good egg, who is kind-of the definitive source for dog registration facts in the city – take it away, Mary!

'The official dog registration drive and crackdown period will begin after May 1st. The dog registration licenses of all dogs registered in Beijing will expire on April 30, 2017. All dogs must renew their licenses during May 1st to June 30th, but please do so during the month of May, as the crackdowns will begin in May. To renew your dog license, you must have proof of a valid rabies vaccination given within the past 12-months at an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital.

Right now, the reminders to register dogs are going out in most neighborhoods via management companies (wu ye 物业), the neighborhood watch committees (ju wei hui 居委会) and also the Cheng Guan 城管. They will be posting up notices in compounds and may even go door-to-door during this period.

After May 1st, the Public Security Bureau (PSB) will then take over and begin registering dogs, renewing registrations and also really cracking down on any unlicensed dogs and large dogs (over 35cm from ground to shoulder) within the 8 districts of Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan, which are subject to strict enforcement of dog ownership regulations. The newly updated 2017/2018 Registering Dogs in Beijing: How-to-Guide for Dog Owners is up on the ICVS website.'

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