Free nameplates generally come in standard base materials, such as stainless steel, brass, anodized aluminum, or plastic.
If you’ve ever tried doing a web search for free dog tags, you know how painful it can be. The websites claim to offer free dog tags, but in fact, you have to buy something first. This can be fine in many cases, especially when you need to stock up on pet supplies such as collars, leashes and chains, and other dog supplies. It doesn’t cost much to make a nameplate, so manufacturers will offer them for free in many cases. Imagine your dog’s name on a tag, arriving in the mail, and you will appreciate this personal touch. Alternatively, some websites will not offer free dog tags, but will offer free shipping.
But if you want a free nameplate on its own, you’ll have to try other avenues. The national pet supply chain PetsMart had a deal where you could get free dog tags just by signing up for their mailing list, but that deal no longer exists.
If you live in San Diego, CA, you’re in luck. Many shelters and retailers offer free pet tags. If you live in San Diego, visit petconnect.org. There you can order up to three free nameplates. You get up to five lines for your dog’s name, phone number, and address. Sometimes you can even choose the color and shape. It’s most likely plastic, which works well if you’re not looking to spend money.
Australia has a great animal control program. If you live in Australia, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a free nameplate. Call or go to any animal shelter and ask for a free dog tag.
Many veterinarians offer free dog tags to clients. Ask your vet.
The Humane Society also offers free dog tags. Call your local chapter to find out how to get a free nameplate. They often include a serial number linked to the Humane Society’s expanded database.
Sometimes other types of animal shelters also offer free dog tags. Look for “animal shelters” in your local yellow pages.