GREATER Shepparton City Council is reminding all pet owners to register their cats and dogs and pay the renewals by April 10.
Greater Shepparton City Council Director Corporate Services, Chris Teitzel said, “Keeping your pet registrations current ensures you can be contacted should your animal find itself off your property, so that we can make arrangements to organise its safe return. It’s also a great time to make sure we have your most up to date address and contact details.
“Registration fees cover more than just the cost of reuniting lost animals with their owners. The registration fees also help cover the cost of council services to respond to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks, or nuisance issues such as barking dogs, control of dangerous breeds, monitoring pet shops and kennels, breeding businesses and our animal shelter.
“For those registering a pet for the first time, to receive the reduced fee your animal must be de-sexed and micro-chipped or over 10 years of age, belong to a domestic animal business or applicable organisation, or be a dog that has undergone training or is a working dog.
“Every dog and cat over the age of three months must be registered. Not only is it the law, but it assists your animal as well,” Mr Teitzel said.
New cat or dog registrations need to be done in person at the council offices in Welsford Street, Shepparton. Renewals can be paid on the council website or by using BPay, in person or by mail.
For information on registering a pet with Greater Shepparton City Council, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au