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Changes to dog registration system

7 August, 2018

Dogs provide years of companionship, unconditional love and loyalty to their owners.

One of the rewarding aspects for officers in Council’s Animal Management Unit is reuniting pets with their owners as quickly as possible if pets are found wandering or handed in at the Council pound.

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said reuniting pets and owners was much easier if the dogs were registered with Council, microchipped, and the owner’s contact details were up to date.

“Reuniting pets and owners is just one of the many services offered by the Animal Management Officers, which are paid for by animal registration fees,” Cr Seymour said.

“Funds raised from dog registration goes toward the operation of Council’s Animal Management Unit, animal pounds and adoption centres as well as responsible ownership education programs.

“Due to the rising costs of administering the animal management system, changes have been introduced to the registration fee structure.”

From this year Council will offer registration for a whole dog (non-desexed) $135.50 and desexed dogs $58.00. Registration renewals paid by the due date (August 31) will receive a $20 discount.

Pensioners will continue to receive an extra $5 discount. Pensioners will need to provide relevant identification to obtain the discount the first time they apply for the discount.

The former three-year concession program (pay for two years and receive the third free) has been discontinued. Council will honour all current three-year registrations operating under the scheme.

Council’s adoption centre in Hervey Bay is run with the support of many wonderful volunteers. Council also works closely with volunteers at the private animal refuge in Maryborough, to rehome abandoned dogs and cats that are assessed as suitable for a new family.