Dog registration renewals will be arriving soon, helping to fund vital animal management services and projects like new dog off-leash parks.
The new registration period is for the 12 months from 1 September 2022 to 31 August 2023.
Animal Management portfolio spokesperson Cr May Mitchell said dog registration fees were set on a scale to incentivise owning microchipped and desexed dogs which attracted the lowest registration cost.
“Microchipping is the best way to ensure your dog can be returned safely to you should it become lost and, through Council’s incentivised fee structure, you can also get the cost of microchipping back within two years through the payment of lower fees,” Cr Mitchell said.
“The simple reason for that is if we find a non-microchipped dog lost or wandering, it’s harder for us to get it home and it may even need to be impounded.
“If we find a microchipped dog which has become lost and it is not a repeat offender, our animal management officer will drop it straight home.”
Cr Mitchell said dog registration renewal time was also a good reminder to make sure you have kept microchip details up-to-date with a current address.
She said dog registration fees helped to cover the cost of dog management services, such as handling barking dog or dog attack reports and also helped to provide and maintain facilities like dog off-leash parks.
“Following a recent consultation process, Council will deliver new dog off-leash parks throughout the region.”
Why is dog registration important?
- All dog registration fees go back into Council’s animal management initiatives for dogs.
- registered dogs and responsible pet ownership help to ensure the safety of our community.
- If your dog is registered it also means it can quickly be returned home, should it become lost.
Dog registration renewal fees can be used to:
- Manage dog-related requests like barking dogs or dog attack investigations.
- Care for and rehome impounded and abandoned animals.
- Deliver dog off-leash areas and facilities.
To find out more about dog registration renewals and how to register your pet, head to Council’s website.