Dog Friendly Office Project Point 4: Registration of Dogs at the Government Health Center


In the spirit of ‘Enriching the Workplace with Your Dog" at free stitch, we started the ‘Dog Friendly Office Project’ in September 2019. 

Since then, we have listened to the feedback from our customers about how their workplaces view bringing pets to work and we have created a set of guidelines for our staff who come to the office with their pets.

Through a series of blog entries, we hope to expand on and explain some of the reasoning behind the guidelines that we created in the consent form. 

In our last post, we looked at why it is important for pets to be treated against fleas and ticks.

This time, we will focus on rule 3 of the guidelines;

3. All dogs must have been registered at their local government health center.

In accordance with Japanese Rabies Prevention Law, it is required of owners to register their dogs with their nearest local government health center or municipal office after purchasing their dog or moving to a new city. This is required only once per dog if you live in the same location for the dog’s lifespan, however if you move to another location, registration with your new address is required.

Registration is required so your local municipality can take effective action to prevent the spread of rabies in your area should an outbreak occur.

To register, you will need to present your certificate of rabies inoculation issued by a certified veterinarian within the last 12 months to the municipal office along with a registration form. Once registration has been completed, you will be presented with a tag to be affixed to your dog’s collar for when they come to the office.

At free stitch, we confirm that all of our staff dog’s have been correctly registered by checking the dog’s registration tag upon entry to the workplace.    

In our next article, we will be looking at the 4th rule ‘Pets are only allowed to enter designated areas inside the company office’ in more detail.

For more information on the dog friendly office project, please click here.

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