Licensed dogs who run away and are picked up by Jackson County Animal Care & Control get free rides home if they have no prior incidents or visits on record in the past year.

Licensed dogs who run away and are picked up by Jackson County Animal Care & Control get free rides home if they have no prior incidents or visits on record in the past year.

Licensed dogs who end up at the shelter also get a free night's stay at the Talent facility, 5595 S. Pacific Highway.

"This financial benefit is our way of saying thank you and rewarding responsible dog owners," a statement on the Jackson County website reads.

Officials note that fees and penalties to reclaim an unlicensed dog from the shelter can add up to $180 or more. Dog licenses, which are required by law throughout the county, cost $20 a year for neutered pets and $30 a year for intact animals. Discounts are available for multi-year licenses and for seniors.