Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pet owners encouraged to take advantage of reduced fees

David Lee January 25, 2018

FOR a limited time, Greater Shepparton City Council is offering discounted animal registrations fees to pet owners across the municipality in an effort to encourage responsible pet ownership.

Greater Shepparton City Council manager citizen services, Laurienne Winbanks encouraged pet owners with unregistered animals to take advantage of the reduced rate while it’s available and start receiving the benefits of being registered.

“Registering your pet is more important than you may think. If your animal goes missing, there is a better chance it will be returned home if it’s registered. If your pet is wearing the council registration tag, you are guaranteed to be notified if your details are kept up to date,” Laurienne said.

“It’s very easy to register, all you need to do is fill out the registration form and bring it in for payment. We hope this discounted fee encourages people to register their cat or dog and ensure responsible pet ownership.”

Discounted fees will range from $5 to $32. Puppies and kittens aged 0-6 months are free. Pensioners can also present their pensioner card for pet desexing vouchers.

Whilst registering your dog or cat greatly improves their chances of being returned to you if they become lost, registration fees also provide a whole range of other important services, from response call outs to nuisance control, controlling ‘dangerous’, ‘menacing’ and ‘restricted breed,’ monitoring pet shop, boarding kennels, catteries, pounds, shelters and breeding and training businesses, government education programs for schools as well as dog and cat welfare and control issues.

All animals must be microchipped and all cats desexed to register with council.

Annual registration fees are due in April of each year. If residents register now it will be at a reduced rate and residents will receive their annual animal registration in April.

For more information or registration forms visit www.greatershepparton.com.au