How to read tags on a lost pet

Unfortunately, there is no national Pet ID Tag lookup in place to get a lost pet home. Luckily, lost pets never go more than a few miles from home. This is why a local city or county database is always more reliable than a national one. There are multiple tag manufacturers like National Band & Tag, all with multiple customers who order the same numbering. This is why contacting local animal shelters, veterinarians, and city/county animal control offices are always more likely to produce results than contacting tag manufacturers.

Here are some tag tips to help return lost pets as soon as possible:

The first tag to look for is a Pet ID Tag. These tags usually have the pet’s name on it, the owner’s contact info, or a QR Code on it. New, modern QR Coded pet tags will need to be scanned with a smartphone, or the unique ID number will need to be keyed in on the website to access the owner’s information.

rabies tags with a QR Code

The second tag to look for is a local county or city License Tag. While not every city or county requires a License Tag, the majority of the US enforces pet licensing. Based on where the animal is found, you can contact local animal control offices. You can give them the tag number of the lost pet, and they can then look that unique number up to get the owner’s information.

dog and cat license tags

The third tag to look for is a Rabies Tag. These usually have the veterinarian’s information on it so you can contact them. Because doctors cannot give out patient information, they will have to contact the owner on your behalf.

2019 rabies tag green bell

Other types of tags may include Dog Park License Tags, Apartment Registered Tags, or “I’m Microchipped” Tags. These will all help hint to the area the pet came from to help narrow down your search.

If there are no tags or any forms of identification on the lost pet, you will want to take them to a local vet or animal shelter to have them scanned for a microchip. You can then use social media, found pet flyers, lost pet online databases, and word of mouth to try to find the owners.

Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate

September 28, 2019, will be the 13th World Rabies Day! This year’s theme focuses on vaccination, with the theme, Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate. National Band & Tag supports World Rabies Day as a manufacturer of rabies vaccination tags. The NASPHV recommended rabies tag style for 2019 is the Green Bell and 2020 is the Red Heart. Each year has a different style tag so that it is easy to tell from a distance if a dog has an up-to-date tag on their collar or not. world rabies day logo for 2020 13th anniversary - rabies: vaccinate to eliminate

The theme, Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate, raise awareness so that all dogs receive a rabies vaccine. It’s a reminder to dog owners, animal health professionals, and local governments to make sure pets in their local area are always up to date on their rabies shot. This theme also commits to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s 2030 goal of eliminating rabies deaths.red heart 2020 rabies tags for world rabies day

To learn more about the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, check out their website: https://rabiesalliance.org/

License tags for counties, cities, and municipalities

Not sure which tag shape to get this year for your county, city, or municipality’s pet license program? Here are our top 3 most popular shapes for pet license tags:Top dog and cat license tags for cities and counties

 

The law requires pets to have a license tag, even if they never leave your property. A pet license tag attached to your pet’s collar is proof of ownership. Pets without a license tag can receive a fine, depending on the city or county. A license tag can help your dog or cat get home if they are lost and picked up by animal control because the license ID will be in the system with your name.

Let National Band & Tag help streamline your licensing program with our new barcoded strip-pak. Each bag has 1 tag, and 1 attachment, with a barcode and number so that you can assign license numbers to specific people.dog and cat license tag packaging with barcode

Leave us a comment below, which one of these 3 tag shapes is your favorite for pet license tags?

It’s time to order your 2020 Rabies Tags

The 2020 style of the year rabies tag is the Red Heart.

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (September – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended tag style of the year is #198 Red Heart.

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?
  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low-cost leader
  • Manufactured in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vaccination needs
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available
Here are a few tips to help with your 2020 Red Heart order:
  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. To re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If there are extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
  2. Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, additional time will be added on to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint-filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
  3. Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have an open account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, mail a check, or pay online.
  4. Review your acknowledgment. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgment (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color, etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgment.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-6000.

Can I see some Pet ID?

It’s National Pet ID Week (April 16 – 23)! As a manufacturer of dog and cat rabies tags and license tags, we are proud promoters of National Pet ID Week! This week is used to make sure every pet’s identification tags and microchips are up to date.

bone tag pet id week

Some pet owners say their dog doesn’t wear an ID tag because their dog is always on a leash. Or, that their cat is an indoor cat, so they don’t even put a collar on them. A pet can always get lost, and an ID tag needs to be in place in case your pet makes an escape. Leashes can break, doors get left open, and natural disasters can happen. It’s better to be prepared when it comes to getting your pet returned to you, and something as simple as an ID tag is an easy solution to get behind. In ASPCA research, owners who’d lost a pet were asked if they ever thought they’d lose a pet in the way they did, and the majority said no, they never imagined that would happen to them.

If your pet does wear their ID tags, take a moment to make sure that information is still legible and up to date.  Worn and damaged tags, or tags with incorrect contact information won’t help when someone is trying to contact you to return your pet.

Celebrate Pet ID Week with us by sharing your pictures below of your pet wearing their ID tags!

Most Popular Pet License Tag by Shape

Did you know, National Band & Tag is located in Northern Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio? We have been in Newport, Kentucky for over 116 years. To celebrate our great state of Kentucky, and all 7 states that border Kentucky, we found the most popular shaped pet license tag in each state for last year.

Check out all the tags shapes below:

KY- 270    IL- 165    TN – 137  IN – 173    VA – 365   MO – 516    WV – 166   OH – 161

2018 Rabies Tag Quick Ship

Are you a veterinarian running low on your 2018 rabies tag stock? It’s almost the end of the year, and if you need just a few more 2018 orange oval rabies tags to get you through December, try our generic 2018 rabies tags! These tags are in stock and ship out in 2 business days, instead of waiting 3+ weeks for your custom stamped rabies tags.

Orange Oval, Rabies Tag Quick Ship – Style # R228-2018

  • 2018 recommended style of the year, orange oval style # 228
  • Sold in sets of 100
  • Ships in 2 business days
  • 4-digit serial number with letter “B” prefix
  • Serial numbers will be in order, example 1001-1100, but number sets are random, you may get for example 3401-3500.

 

If you have any questions about our Rabies Tag Quick Ship, please call us at 859-261-6000, or to place an order, fill out the online order form.

New Dog & Cat Tag Packaging

For the upcoming Rabies Tag and Pet License Tag Season, we are happy to present our newest packing option for dog and cat tags, Barcoded Strip-Pak! Strip-Pak is a plastic bag that holds 1 tag and 1 attachment. Bags are perforated on a continuous strip. Strip-Pak’s two new options are (1) Strip-Pak with a barcode and number on the bag (Style 5561X) and (2) Strip-Pak with barcode, logo, text and number on the bag (Style 5562X). Barcoded bags are helpful when you want to scan what number tags are given out into your system, or when assigning tag numbers to a specific person.

Style 5561X

 

 

 

Style 5562X

For more information on how Barcoded Strip-Pak bags can be integrated into your rabies or licensing system, email us at tags@nationalband.com.

Rabies Tags with No Year Date

Do you continuously run out of, or have too many Rabies Tags at your animal hospital or clinic? Don’t want to be limited by the date of when you can give your customers a Rabies Tag? Then try getting a Rabies Tag without the year date, or with just “20” stamped, so that you can hand stamp “19, 20, 21” etc., as needed. Our 2019 green bell (style 153) Rabies Tags can be customized to meet your needs, just let us know what you want stamped on your tags! Please note: aluminum rabies tags can be recycled at the end of the year if you have extra that you don’t need.

Style 153 Green Bell

Style 1571 Number Hand Stamps

World Rabies Day – Share the message. Save a life.

Created and coordinated annually by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day is this Friday, September 28th. This day focuses on rabies endemic countries, to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. The World Rabies Day 2018 theme is Rabies: Share the message. Save a life. This highlights the importance of education and awareness to prevent rabies.

This theme is used to not only work towards their goal of eliminating rabies by 2030, but to also communicate messages about vaccinating dogs and treating bite wounds, and dog bite prevention education for children.

To help raise awareness of rabies with children, National Band & Tag has created a coloring sheet of our Style of The Year Rabies Tags. Download and print out the PDF coloring sheet below, and while your child is coloring in the tag shapes, talk with them about the rabies disease. Try going over some of GARC’s FAQs such as “What is rabies and where is it found?” or “Exposure, symptoms and diagnosis”.

To learn more about the mission to end rabies as well as other events going on this World Rabies Day, check out the Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s educational website.

1-Year vs. 3-Year Rabies Tags

Veterinarians have the option of giving pets a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine, but what they might not realize, is that they need the correct tag material to match! 3-year rabies tags need to last longer on a pet’s collar, so a thicker or stronger material is required.

1-year rabies tags can use our standard .050 aluminum. For 3-year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum (which is thicker than .050) or a stainless-steel rabies tag.

Check out what can happen if you try to use an .050 aluminum for a 3-year tag. Over time, the material will eventually stretch and become difficult to read from wear, and rubbing against the animal’s fur.

Shown: Style 221

Please contact us with any questions.
We look forward to providing your clinic 1-year and 3-year rabies vaccination tags!

Order Now, Pay & Ship Later – Rabies Tag Program

National Band & Tag is excited to announce our new program for animal hospitals and clinics in need of their Rabies Tags by January 1, 2019. Our new, Order Now, Pay & Ship Later program allows customers with an open account to order their 2019 Rabies Tags any time before September 28, 2018, and we will produce your tags and store them in our facility for you. All Rabies Tags will then ship out the last week of November, and you will be sent an invoice.

How this benefits you:

  • Tags are guaranteed to arrive before January 1, 2019
  • You don’t have to store the tags in your facility for months before you need them
  • You get to pay later

Why start this program? NB&T produces millions of rabies tags each year, and our busiest part of the season is October through December, so by ordering early, we can help keep production time down, and guarantee customers a faster turnaround time.

Questions? Call and talk with one of our sales representatives at 859-261-2035.

169 Dog & Cat Tags


169 dog & cat tag shapes

13 materials (color) (Aluminum – 11 colors) brass, and stainless steel.

3 engraving options, (stamped, laser etched, hybrid)

21 hole and slot options

2 paint fill options (black or white)

= 276,822 ways to customize your tag


And that’s not even including other customization options such as: backside stamping, laser etched barcodes, logos, decorative corners, packaging options, reinforced eyelets, wet tumbling and more.

Don’t like any of our 169 shapes? Have your own shape made! Pay a onetime charge to have your own shape created. Contact us for a quote.

The Round Tag that Meets All Your Needs

NB&T’s most popular style of tag the # 137 a 1-¼” inch round tag that can be used for multiple applications across numerous industries. Check out a few of the top applications we see for this style of tag.

Crematory Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Crematoriums, Mortuaries, Funeral Homes, Pet Cremations

USE: 304 Stainless Steel stamped tags are used to identify both human and pet remains as they go through the cremation process to ensure proper identification at all times. 304 Stainless Steel tags will not melt in the crematorium, so they are able to go in the fire and stay with the remains.

 

Tree Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Landscape Architecture Firms, Plant Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, Tree and Lawn Care Services, Lumber Production Companies, Arborist Consultants, Tree & Stump Removal, Arborist/Forestry Supply Stores

USE: There are many types of tree tags available, but a stamped #137 is popular for the above companies because their main goal is to number and identify specific trees. The trees could be numbered for a multitude of reasons, from labeling diseased trees, trees to cut down or save, trees to trim and more. A plain aluminum 137 is durable enough to last outside, while also being discreetly visible on the tree.

 

Dog & Cat Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Veterinarians, Municipalities, Cities, Counties, Humane Societies, Animal Shelters, Kennels, Animal Hospitals, and Clinics.

USE: Rabies Tags indicate that an animal has had its rabies vaccine. Cities and counties use License Tags to show that your pet has been licensed in that area. General dog and cat I.D. tags are used by animal shelters, humane societies, SPCA’s, etc. to I.D. the animals in that company’s care.

 

Survey Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Surveying Companies, Survey and Mapping Equipment Suppliers,

USE: These tags have a hole in the middle for a nail to go through so that it can be attached to the ground, trees, and other objects for surveying and mapping points of land. Usually the surveyor’s license number is stamped on the tag.

 

Pole Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Power Pole Inspection Companies, Utility Companies, Wood Pole Manufacturers

USE: Pole Tags are used on power poles, telecommunication poles, and other wood poles to identify that they have been inspected. Pole Tags can range round a small, simple stamped tag with the year on it, to a large barcoded tag that makes inspection easier by scanning the barcode.

 

Valve & Pipe Tags:

COMPANY TYPES: Chemical, Petroleum, Gas, Utility Companies

USE: Valve & Pipe Tags identify the flow of what is inside the pipes and relay important information and identification at the point of need. These tags are help reduce pipe related accidents and pass safety inspections. The #137 is popular for this because it is a visible size, but not in the way, and can dangle off the valve.

 

What would you use the style #137 – 1 ¼” inch round tag for?

9 Most Popular Tag Shapes for Pets and Industrial Tags

Not sure which tag shape is best for you? We offer over 160 dog & cat/ industrial tag shapes to choose from. Here are nine of our most popular shaped tags and just a few of their different uses.

 

Style 173 – Fire Hydrant

1 3/8” x 1 1/16”

Shown in Stainless Steel

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass

 

Style 516 – Large Paw Print

1 3/8” x 1 7/16”

Paw Print logo on front included, stamping on back
Show in Green Aluminum

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Promotional Tags

 

 

Style 165 – Dog Bone

1 ½” x 1”

Shown in Red Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Humane Society Tags

·       Dog Park Pass

·       Rabies Tags

·       Promotional Dog Product Tags

 

cremation ID disc

Style 137 – 1 ¼” Round Circle
Shown in Stainless Steel

Uses include:

·       Valve Tags

·       Asset Tags

·       Survey Markers

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Dangerous Dog Tags

·       Promotional Tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       General Numbered Tags

 

 

Style 85 – 1” Round Circle
Shown in Plain Aluminum

Uses include:

·       Rabies Tags

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Animal Shelter and Rescue Group Tags

·       Utility Pole Tags

·       Keychain Tags

·       Survey Tags

·       Pet I.D. Tags

 

 

Style 221 – 1 1/8” Octagon
Shown in Brass

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Radiator/Motor I.D. tags

·       Office Supply tags

·       Rabies Tags

·       Office equipment markers

 

 

 

Style 166 – ¾” x 1 3/8” Rectangle

Shown in Brass

Uses include:

·       City or County Pet License Tags

·       Serial number tags

·       Plate Tags

·       Asset Tags

 

 

 

 

Style 143 – ¾” x 1 ¾” Oblong

Shown in Blue Aluminum (stamped logo sold separately)

Uses include:

·       Key chains

·       Pet License Tags for cities and counties

·       Net license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Rabies Tags

 

 

Style 187 – 1 ½” Square

Shown in Blue Aluminum

Uses include:

·       Kennel License Tags

·       Motorcycle license tags

·       Tree Tags

·       Cage Tags

·       Equipment ID Tags

 

 

Brass Tags and the Industries that Use Them

Brass Tags are just one of the types of metal tags that NB&T offers. There are multiple reasons that an industry may require brass tags over other materials, such as corrosion resistance and ability to be used in high-temperature situations. Other industries may prefer brass tags because of their decorative, ornamental look.

Below is a list of some industries and applications that National Band & Tag serves with our brass tags.

Industrial

  • Automotive / Radiator Repair
  • Coal Mines / Mining Supply Stores
  • Industrial Suppliers / Distributors of: hydraulics, mechanical cylinders, lubrication equipment, air tools, hoists, presses, slings, wire ropes, harnesses, hoses, gaskets, cable, MRO/OEM parts and accessories.
  • Fasteners, pipes, valves, fittings, flanges
  • Hardware stores
  • Surveyors and Surveying Supply Stores
  • Office Supplies
  • Electrical appliances and contractors
  • Electrical Supply Stores
  • Remanufacturing of electrical-mechanical equipment
  • Transformer and substation apparatus installations, services, repair
  • Utility pole markers

Dog & Cat

  • Leather Dog Collar Manufacturers
  • Rabies Tags
  • License Tags

Tree

  • Memorial Tree Tags
  • Species I.D. Tags

Promotional and other uses

  • Keychains
  • Museum Plaques
  • Mail Box Name Plates

Not sure how to design your tag? Check out some examples from our other brass tag customers:

2018 World Rabies Day

world rabies day 2018Thursday September 28th is World Rabies Day! Created and coordinated annually by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day focuses on rabies endemic countries to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention.

This year’s theme is Zero by 30, in honor of the goal of zero human deaths from canine rabies by 2030. This goal was agreed upon at the global conference on rabies elimination in 2015, by the World Health Organization, World Organization for Animal Health, UN Food and Agriculture Organization and GARC.

2018’s recommended rabies tag style of the year from NASPHV is the style #228 Orange Oval. 2017’s style is the blue rosette, if you see a dog wearing a blue rosette tag on their collar then you know they are up to date on their rabies shots.

228 most popular style

 

Hurricane Harvey ID Tags

National Band & Tag would like to thank all the animal shelters and rescue centers for the hard work they have done, and continue to do, for all the animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

National Band & Tag Company is donating 15,000 Texas shaped tags, stamped with an I.D. number (H00001 – H15000) and “HEARTS BIGGER THAN HARVEY” to any shelter or rescue center in the United States that has had an influx of dogs and cats due to Hurricane Harvey.

harvey tags front and back

Tags have already been sent out to over 90 shelters and humane societies in the Texas and Louisiana area. If you are an animal shelter or rescue in need of tags, fill out the form below, and we ship you 100 Texas shaped tags and 100 S-Hook attachments for free. (While supplies last.)

Company/Organization Name*

Name*

Address Line 1*

Address Line 2*

City*

State*

Zip*

Email*

Order Your 2018 Rabies Tags

2018 rabies tags

The 2018 style of the year rabies tag is the Orange Oval (Style #228).

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?

  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low cost leader
  • Made in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit both cats and dogs
  • Your information, custom stamped to meet your rabies vacc needs
  • Annual order reminders are sent out each year after your first purchase
  • Both 1-year and 3-year rabies tags are available, with thicker aluminum or stainless steel material available for 3-year tags 

Click Here to Order Your Rabies Tags Online

OR

Click Here to Download the PDF Order Form

Order Form PDF

Order Your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

The 2018 recommended style of the year is the Orange Oval style 228! If you were a Hasco customer, we still have their oval shape available, now National Band & Tag’s style #226. Don’t forget to order early! We recommend ordering before November to guarantee you receive your tags before January 1st.

Order by September 30, 2017 using coupon code: RBLOG2017 for $10.00 off your order of 1,000 or more Orange Oval Rabies Tags!

How to order:

  • Return the order reminder you received in the mail with any edits
  • Order online
  • Call us at 859-261-2035 and place an order over the phone
  • Email your order to tags@nationalband.com
  • Fax your order to 859-261-8247
  • Print and fill out the PDF order form and email or fax it to us

2018 rabies tags

Not interested in the NASPHV recommended color or shape? Check out all our dog and cat tags here: Over 150 shapes and 11 different colors to choose from!