APRIL is the month to register pets so Kingston Council is reminding all pet owners to renew pet registration by Tuesday 10 April.
The mayor Cr Steve Staikos said registering pets ensures being reunited with them if they are lost or run away.
“Each year our local laws officers collect hundreds of lost animals and for the past four years we’ve been able to successfully reunite 100 per cent of those animals that were properly registered,” Cr Staikos said.
“Please don’t wait until it’s too late and your pet is missing — make sure their registration is renewed and that their microchip details are up to date.”
Victorian legislation requires every cat and dog three months of age and over to be registered with council.
Animals being registered for the first time must be microchipped and desexed prior to registration.
Pet registration fees fund:
- off-leash dog parks and dog exercise equipment
- services to remove wandering and aggressive dogs from the streets, so people and pets can walk in safety
- services to deal with nuisance problems like barking dogs, cat trespass and abandoned animals
- control of dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs so they do not pose a threat to the community
- monitoring of animal welfare standards in pet shops, kennels, catteries, breeding and training businesses
- education programs for the general community and for children in preschools and primary schools.
Register at kingston.vic.gov.au/animals online or call 1300 653 356.