Louisiana Pet Registry

The Louisiana Pet Registry [LAWC-PR] is a State of Louisiana program to identify a pet through a number of means (ID numbers of any kind, micro-chip, physical description, picture) that will help a lost pet get home, allow disaster-response teams to take appropriate action, etc.

The Louisiana Legislature directed, by law, the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission [LAWC] to establish and maintain a voluntary registry for animals called the Louisiana Pet Registry. The law was proposed by Pinckney Wood, who did the initial draft, and authored by Louisiana State Representative (now Senator) A.G. Crow of Slidell.

NOTE:    The computer-based prototype Pet Registry program is in the testing phase with volunteer registrants.
                Additional volunteer registrants are welcome, See "A Note to Volunteer Registrants" below.

In the LAWC-PR system, the current owner of any animal may register the animal for a designated one-time fee of $15; however the LAWC may waive or reduce fees (e.g., for multiple registrations from the same owner, for low-income owners). The commission shall assign to each registered animal a unique identification number and provide to the owner a license tag bearing the number, LAWC-PR emergency phone number and other information (e.g., phone number of the owner, pet's name). As a policy matter, no personal information pertaining to the owner or the pet will be shared without the consent of the owner.

The registry is state-wide and can store any and all identification numbers associated with the animal. With coordination between the Pet Registry and local authorities, it is the intention of the LAWC that the Pet Registry tag may be the only one an animal will need to wear. All other identification (e.g., municipal license number (rabies tag)) will be accessible through the Pet Registry. The Pet Registry database can store Micro-chip implant scan numbers so that a pet can immediately be identified through the Pet Registry when any of its ID numbers, including the micro-chip number, is submitted to the system.

Obviously the Pet Registry can facilitate the return of a lost pet that is found anywhere, even beyond the borders of the state. But the Pet Registry serves a number of other functions including facilitating the rescue of pets in natural disasters; identifying areas where multiple pet thefts are occurring, and informing emergency responders (e.g., EMS - ambulance, Police, Firefighters, Disaster Rescue, etc.) if a registered pet is in the target home or building.

Christine Pfaff, an initial member of the LAWCA who passed away in 2010, assisted P.A. Wood Ltd. in setting-up and testing the Pet Registry.

A Note to Volunteer Registrants

The Louisiana Pet Registry, under the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission, is currently inviting between two and three hundred volunteers to register their animal or animals in the registry as part of the system-test phase. The records of the volunteers will constitute actual Pet Registry data, and shall be included in the registry when it is finally advertised and activated for general use to serve the public.

In appreciation of their participation in the test phase, no fee shall be charged to the volunteers. However, LAWC-PR ID tags will be issued to volunteers only when the system is made publicly active.

A Note to Prospective Part-time LAWCA Clerks

If you would like to serve as a part-time clerk for the Louisiana Pet Registry, please contact us, with your contact and other relevant information, at: staff@lawca.org, with "LAWCA Part-time Clerk Positions" in the Subject Line. LAWCA clerks must be dependable, and have basic computer skills for e-mail communication and learning to operate the Pet Registry database program (from their own location).

Pet Registry - Data Form

Owner's Information

Street Address:



Zip Code [xxxxx-xxxx] (preferred), or [xxxxx]:

Telephone Number(s) [xxx-xxx-xxxx]:

e-mail Address(es):

Pet's Information
Pet's Name:

Kind of Animal [dog, cat, etc.]:
 "Check": male; unchecked: female


ID Number(s) [number/number/ ... /number]:

Identifying Dialog for ID Number(s):

Pet Description Dialog:

Medical Condition(s)/Emergency Medical Conditions(s)/History Dialog:

 Emergency Medical Condition(s) Check-Box

Vet's Information (optional)
Regular Veterinarian:

Vet's Place of Business:

Street Address:



Postal Zip Code:

Telephone Number(s) [xxx-xxx-xxxx]:

e-mail Address:

 Keep Vet Information Confidential

Infomation for Emergency Responders (Confidential)


Please Read:

Enter the information indicated by the entry field headings.

For changes to data already in the Registry, enter the LAWC-PR ID number as the first entry in the "ID Number(s)" field.


No information submitted to the LAWC will be shared except as is necessary. It will not be made available to any marketing interests, etc. However, it may be released to individuals, such as the finder of a lost dog, when appropriate.

Where a confidentiality check-box is checked, the associated data will not be made available to anyone except the operators of this Pet Registry for the purpose of making mail, telephone, or e-mail contact as official Pet Registry business.

Special Considerations:

Where more than one entry per field is made, please separate the entries with a "/". "#", and parentheses ["(", and ")"] are not allowed.

ID numbers may include any alphabetical and/or numerical character, and any other character except "/", "#", or parentheses.

"Key Words" for Searching the Database:

To make data entry easier for you, the Pet Registry staff will check applications to be sure that submitted data is in the best form for the system, but you can help by following these rules:

Kind of Animal:

Please use the most common name. For example: dog, cat, or horse; not canine, feline, or equine.

Pet Description Dialog:

Descriptive information. Please separate descriptive entries with a "/". And, use a ":" to separate descriptive prefixes from the data; for example, age:7yr/born:08-01-2004/weight:20lbs/color:tan/tail:docked.

Here are example sets of prefixes and data:

11in. at shoulder, very-large, large, medium-large, medium, medium-small, small, miniature, toy

solid-color, tri-color, brindle, tabby, calico, tuxedo, pinto, piebald, buckskin, appaloosa, palomino

long, short, smooth, shaggy, curly, corded, hairless

black, black&white, orange&white, chestnut, bay

black, pale, brown, pink

black, brown, left-pale-blue-right-brown

12in. tip-to-tip, upright, tabbed, flapped, cropped

short, curved-over-back, coiled, docked-long, docked-stub, 4in.

neutered, chest-blaze, 2-white-feet, mustache, eyebrows, blind, scar-right-shoulder, black-spot-left-eye

left-hind-paw, tail, left-eye

Coming soon: a complete suggested "prefix:data" list.

Medical Condition:

Indicate any physical abnormality or illness, especially in cases where the pet is urgently dependent upon medicinal drugs. Indicate if the female dog or cat has been spayed, or the male dog or cat has been neutered. Indicate the diseases for which the pet has been immunized.

Emergency Responder Information:

For the purpose of providing relevant information to emergency responders (e.g., EMS - ambulance, Police, Firefighters, Disaster Rescue, etc.) you may also indicate the kinds and numbers of all animals (and people) in your household. Such information will be held confidential and used only for this purpose.

Note: No information provided to the LAWC Pet Registry will be used to report any deficiency. However, the information may be used for statistical purposes where any identifying information shall not be included.

Note: If the pet's ID Number(s) data entry field begins with an existing Pet Registry ID Number, then any data entered will be used to replace the corresponding data already in the Pet Registry; unless the data begins with "/+/", in which case, the data following the "/+/" will be appended to (added to the end of) the corresponding data already in the Pet Registry. Blank fields are ignored.

Note (PICTURE): A picture, where the animal fills most of the frame so details can be seen, is a great help when an animal has to be identified. Attach picture(s) (30KB-100KB, if possible) to an e-mail sent to registry@lawca.org, including the names of the pet and owner.

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