PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s the season for summer storms and for many families with pets, this means your dog could run away in fear of the noise. Now Delaware County is pushing to make sure that man’s best friend can find his way home.

The Delaware County SPCA will become a no-kill shelter by July 1st of next year, so they are pushing dog owners to register their pets with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To make it more convenient, the Delaware County Council held a special drive-through dog license event in Rose Tree Park in Media. License Department Coordinator Ellen Lineweaver says summertime is the best time get a license.

“During Storms, during bad weather, I imagine many dogs are afraid of bad weather so they get out; they get free and we can get them back to their owner.”

If a dog runs away, anyone who finds him can use the license number to locate the owners. Another reason to register your pooch – you could get slapped with a fine of up to $300 if you don’t.

For more information on how to license a dog in Delaware County, go to

Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio

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