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/

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.

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.

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

 

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!

 

 

New Pet ID Tags and Industrial Tag Shapes

Back in May of 2016, National Band & Tag acquired one of our local competitors, Hasco Tag Company. We have completed transferring tag shapes over and you may view all new shapes below.

Listed are the old Hasco style numbers along with the new NB&T style number. If you are an old Hasco customer and don’t see the tag style that you use to get, just give us a call at 859-261-2035 to talk to a tag specialist.

New NB&T Style # Old Hasco Style # Description Price Code
4 901L Arkansas Blue
170 168 Dimple Basket Blue
2 103 Grapes Blue
426 996 1 7/16” Large Oval Blue
226 946 1 1/8” Medium Oval Blue
326 906 1” Small Oval Blue
453 141 Bell Blue
366 119 7/8” x 1 7/16” Rectangle Blue
181 972 ½” x 1 25/64” Oval Blue
215 215XL 1 ¼” x 3 ½” Oval Green
160 150 Dimple Square Blue
5 910 Car Blue
100 902 Round with Tab Blue

Click here for all new tag shapes!

NB&T has over 150 tag shapes for all your identification needs!

 

It’s time to order your 2018 Rabies Tags!

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (August – 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 style of the year is the style #228 Orange Oval.

2018 rabies tags

Here are a few tips to help with your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tag Order:

  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. If you must re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If you have 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, don’t forget to account for additional weeks onto the time it will take 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 a Net 30 account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, or mail a check.
  4. Review your acknowledgement. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgement (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgement.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-2035.

What bands and tags do you sell the most?

At NB&T we offer hundreds of bands and tags to choose from, all in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We sell tags to various industries, including, but not limited to: poultry, cattle, lab animal research, companion animals, wildlife conservation and industrial applications.

With so many different tags to choose from, we took a poll amongst our customer service representatives and asked, “What bands and tags do you sell the most?”

(These numbers are not a true representation of our sales overall, but show what our customer service reps get the most phone calls about).

tag pie chart

A Few of Our Favorite Tags

Do you have a favorite tag?

At NB&T, we have hundreds of styles of tags to choose from, so we asked some of employees, what is your favorite tag style and why?

Ryan (Global Accounts): Style 60 – “It was the first tag I ever sold, and I like the 60 versus the 61 because it has the dog stamped on it.”  

60

 

Joe (VP Purchasing/Office, Treasurer): Style 1005-1 – “We manufacture hundreds of thousands of these each year. They are our most profitable style of tag, which is why they are my favorite!”  

1005-1

 

Natasha (Sales Representative): Style 1242 – “Butt-End Bands are my favorite because they can be completely customized.  A lot of my repeat customers use them as business cards or promotional items. I enjoy working with them to find the best layout, size and color for their use.”  

1242 collage

 

Aris (Bilingual Sales Representative): Style 890 – “The Zip is my favorite wing band because a lot of my customers like the style, colors and options available. I love recommending design options if they are unsure of what they want. My customers always end up happy with the final product.”  

890

 

Linda (Office Manager): Style 516 – “The large paw print tag is my favorite because it reminds me of my three basset hounds. The new turquoise color is also my favorite color that we offer.”  

516

 

Kim (Sales Representative): Style 265 – “I like the small dog bone, style 265, instead of the two larger dog bone styles because it is petite and dainty.”  

265

 

Fred (VP of Operations): Style 14 – “Barcoded 14’s [Rectangle with rounded edges] are my favorite tags because 14’s are versatile, and come in different sizes. The barcode also makes it high tech.”  

14

 

Chris (Sales Manager): Style 173 – “I like the fun fire hydrant shaped tags. We have four sizes to choose from but I think the largest one, style 173 is the best because you can fit the most information on it.”  

173

 

Eddie (Poultry Department Manager): Style 893B – “The 893B is my favorite tag because it is the only brass wing band that we make. They are different from what my department normally produces.”  

893B

 

Katie (Office Assistance): Style 515 – “The small paw print is my favorite because it’s cute and can fit on both dogs and cats.”  

515

 

Sallie (Hasco Consultant): Style 440 – “I love hearts in general, but the 440 is my favorite because it is the one we brought over from Hasco.”  

440

 

1 Year vs. 3 Year Rabies Tags

3 year rabies vaccination

3 Year Rabies Vaccination Tag

As a vet you have the option of a 1 or 3 year rabies vaccine, but you need the appropriate tag to match!

If you are choosing to do a 1 year rabies tag, regular .050 aluminum will work. But, if you are looking to do a 3 year rabies tag, you need something durable to last longer on an animal.

For 3 year rabies tags we recommend .064 aluminum, which is thicker–or a stainless steel tag. There are only select colors available for .064 aluminum versus the .050 aluminum rabies tags, so please call for availability.

We look forward to providing your 1 year and 3 year rabies vaccination tags!

World Rabies Day – Educate, Vaccinate, Eliminate

world rabies dayToday, September 28, 2016 marks the 10th annual World Rabies Day celebration! This day is used to educate people on the effects of rabies, so that more people get their pets vaccinated and thus help in the battle to eliminate rabies.

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Health Organization (WHO), World Veterinary Association and the World Animal Protection Organization currently have a new campaign called “End Rabies Now” which is calling for an end to human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

“It is estimated that around 59,000 people die every single year from rabies – that’s a staggering 885,000 lives lost between now and the end of 2030. Victims are usually in impoverished rural areas in Africa and Asia. Most have limited access to healthcare, and treatment can be too expensive. The campaign will raise awareness in Europe and the United States, where canine rabies has largely been eliminated in most countries in the region, in order to ensure that control programs are prioritized within international development spending.”

To learn more about this campaign visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/media/press/new-campaign-seeks-an-end-to-rabies-deaths-in-15-years

To learn more about World Rabies Day visit: https://rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day/

Order Your 2017 Rabies Tags!

rosettes2017

The 2017 style of the year rabies tag is the Blue Rosette.

Why purchase from National Band & Tag?

  • Quick turnaround times
  • Low cost leader
  • Manufacturer in America
  • Multiple shapes and sizes available to fit all types of pets
  • Your information – custom stamped to meet your needs
  • Yearly order reminders are mailed out each year after your first purchase
  • Colored aluminum available for 1 year tags and stainless steel is available for 3 year tags

Click Here to Order Now!