More than 7000 Moira Shire pet owners will receive their annual pet registration renewal notice from this week.
The notices require pet owners to renew their pet’s registration by Monday, April 10, or advise the council in writing if the pet no longer lives in the shire.
Moira Shire Council safety, amenity and environment manager Sally Rice said registering pets ensured something could be done if they were lost.
‘‘Each year our council officers collect more than 500 stray animals and last year only 107 were registered,’’ Ms Rice said.
‘‘It’s challenging to quickly reunite a pet with its owner when there is little or no information to identify the animal and that’s a key reason we encourage pet owners to register their pets each year.”
The Victorian Government sets the requirements for pet registration for all pet owners in Victoria and the legislation includes requirements for councils to maintain up-to-date records for all pets in their shire.
If pet owners fail to register their pet or to advise why registration is no longer required, council is required to follow the process under the legislation which may result in a fine.
‘‘The community generally recognises that pet registration helps with responsible pet ownership, public safety and reuniting pets and owners as quickly as possible, but it can be a surprise to learn that failing to advise in writing that a pet is deceased or no longer living at the address is also a requirement,’’ Ms Rice said.
‘‘The death of a pet can be very traumatic for the pet owner. To assist pet owners complete the necessary notification, they can complete the details on the back of the annual registration notice or download the form from our website at www.moira.vic.gov.au’’
Pet registration fees concessions are available for pensioners and fees are reduced if the pet is de-sexed and microchipped.
Victorian Government legislation requires that every dog and cat over three months of age be registered.
●Registration payments can be made at any Australia Post office, council services centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga and by cheque only at the Numurkah and Nathalia visitor information centres.