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Digital pet tag

The Macomb County Animal Control has advanced into the digital age by partnering with PetHub and now offers pet owners the next generation of license tags. 

Designed and "Powered by PetHub," the new digital license tags have undergone a complete makeover with the addition of high-quality printing, color, and a white coating to improve legibility and durability. Both sides are fully utilized by displaying the shelter’s identity, logo, and phone number on one side AND a unique license number, QR code, and PetHub’s toll-free number and website on the other side.

What is a QR code?

The “digital” part of the tag lies in the QR code. A QR (“Quick Response”) code is a type of barcode label consisting of black squares arranged in a square grid on a white background. A QR code can be scanned and read by an imaging device (such as a smartphone’s camera) and contains embedded data about the item where the code is printed on. A QR code is similar to a UPC barcode, which is commonly found on product packaging. However, a QR code can be scanned quicker, can store more information, and can store that information in a more efficient method than a UPC barcode can.

How the new digital tag protects you and your pet

This new license tag provides an extra layer of protection for your pet. Not only is your license registered with the Macomb County Animal Control but you can also register your "digital" tag with PetHub. You have the ability to create a free online account at and link your tag to your pet's profile through the QR code. If your pet goes missing and someone finds your pet wearing this tag, the finder can use a smartphone's camera to scan the QR code, view the contact info on your pet's profile, and immediately contact you or someone on your trusted list in order to reunite your pet with you without the pet entering paw into the shelter. Your account is safe and secure because you control what information in your pet's profile is visible and what is not.

If the finder does not have a smartphone or does not know how to scan a QR code, there are two other ways. First, the finder can call the phone numbers printed on the tag, one of which connects to PetHub’s call center (available 24/7) and the other to the Macomb County Animal Control. After the finder provides the license number, we'll connect you to the finder. Second, the finder can go to PetHub’s website (also printed on the tag), enter the license number, and view your contact info. Best of all, your pet is protected around the clock.

PetHub Digital License Tag



STEP 1:  Create your free online profile at Add your name, email, and phone number(s). You also have the option to add your address and additional contacts as well as your pet’s information (including your vet, vaccination history, allergies, medications, behavioral conditions, and much more).

STEP 2:  Link your profile and your license tag by entering your pet’s six-digit license number.

STEP 3:  Choose your level of protection by subscribing to PetHub’s Basic Service or Premium Service.

Need help creating or managing your account? Check out PetHub's instructional videos.

Learn more about PetHub's Basic and Premium Subscription Services

Department:Animal Control