In the State of Ohio, high volume dog breeders must hold a Commercial Dog Breeder Bond along with their license. Jet Insurance Company offers the bond as assurance to the Ohio Department of Agriculture that if the breeder’s license is suspended or revoked, there is funding to take care of the dogs that are taken out of the breeder’s custody.
The bond required in Ohio shows compliance with the Department of Agriculture’s mission to nurture healthy dogs through the Commercial Dog Breeders Office. The State Legislature saw the need to protect canines from unlawful breeders and the bond is a tool to aid in that sheltering.
The bond amount required by the Ohio Revised Code 956.03 varies based on the amount of dogs kept, maintained or housed at any one time. The cost of this bond starts as low as $10 a month or $100 a year. Rates are determined primarily by the bond limit and a personal credit check. The chart below shows the rates for an applicant with preferred credit at each of the bond limits.
|Dogs Housed at One Time||Bond Limit||Monthly Cost||Annual Cost|
|25 or less dogs||$5,000||$10||$100|
|More than 50 dogs||$50,000||$50||$500|
With Jet, you won’t have to deal with any middlemen or brokers howling down your back; our team works directly with you, cutting out broker fees and any other fees they tack on.
We do offer multi-year bond terms, offering savings to those who pay for the bond in 2- or 3-year terms.
To get your Breeder Bond with Jet, all you have to do is fill out our online application. It will ask only for basic information, which includes a social security number for a soft credit check. For bonds that are $5,000 or $10,000, you will receive an approved rate as soon as the application is done; you can check out and get an emailed copy of your bond with a receipt.
For the $50,000 bond limit, a review of the application will be needed. One of our underwriters may request additional information to determine eligibility and cost of the bond. You will receive an email with the approved rate and a link to purchase the bond online once our review is completed.
Once you have purchased the bond, Jet will prepare the bond form and mail it off to the Department of Agriculture. If you prefer to do it yourself, maybe with the initial application, you can choose that option when you are checking out. Once you have signed the bond, you must mail the bond out to:
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Division of Animal Health
Commercial Dog Breeders Office
8995 E Main St
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
As the bond is part of your licensing requirements, you must have a bond in effect as long as you have your license. Jet will send you a renewal notice through email and mail that you can easily fill out and return — unless you are on the monthly payment plan, in which case, you don’t have to worry about renewing your bond.
If you need to cancel your Breeder Bond, let Jet know in an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a written request through the mail. We will notify the Department to begin the cancellation period of 30 days. After that time, the Department will remove Jet’s liability of the bond. Following the 30 day cancellation period, monthly payments will be stopped and bonds that were paid in full will be refunded based on the time left on the bond.
The rules a commercial dog breeder must follow are found in Chapter 956 of the Ohio Revised Code to provide sufficient care, including but not limited to:
If any violation of this chapter is found that threatens the health or welfare of the dogs under that breeder’s care, the breeder’s license will be suspended or revoked. Once the license is gone, the dogs are seized or impounded so they can receive the care they need, anda claim can be filed on the Dog Breeder Bond to receive compensation for the care of the dogs. The breeder can reduce the amount of the claim by paying for costs and damages to the Department of Agriculture, which would bode well for reinstating the license.
If you receive a claim on your bond, contact Jet ASAP. Our team will provide all claims documents needed within 15 days and begin our investigation, as prescribed by the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3901-1 which may take up to 90 days. During this time, Jet will work with you against false claims and you should be cooperative and honest to reach the best possible outcome.
If the claim is proved to be true, Jet must pay the claim, in an appropriate amount needed to take care of the dogs that were seized. However, since your actions brought on the claim, you are responsible for paying Jet back.