This year’s been ruff but relief is on the way for dog owners with Bundaberg Regional Council waiving dog registration fees for six months.
Registration renewal reminders would usually be arriving in mailboxes shortly but Mayor Jack Dempsey said the registration waiver was included in Council’s Coronavirus relief package.
“Dog registration is free in the Bundaberg Region until February next year,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“We understand that many locals have been impacted by the COVID pandemic and Council is doing all it can to minimise the financial burden on residents.
“Residents don’t need to do anything further to access this fee waiver as it has been automatically applied to all registrations across the board.
“The discount also applies to new dog registrations between now and February.”
Animal control portfolio spokesperson Cr May Mitchell said although renewals wouldn’t be delivered, it's still important to register a new dog or tell Council if your details had changed.
“Providing Council with up-to-date contact information is the only way to ensure your pet can be safely returned to you if it were to become lost,” Cr Mitchell said.
“This is also a timely reminder for dog owners to check their yards will adequately contain their four-legged friend and to always walk them on a leash when in a public place.
“I encourage all of the region’s dog owners to take advantage of the four dog off-leash parks found throughout the region which are now equipped with agility equipment, shelters, seating and bubblers.”
For a full list of dog off leash areas and advice for responsible pet ownership, head to bundaberg.qld.gov.au.
The owners of dogs already registered with Council will receive their renewal notice for the remaining six months in January 2021.