Unregistered pets could be a costly problem

Published on 22 May 2017


Pet registrations were due on 28 April but there are still 695 animals that have not been re-registered in Murrindindi Shire - 497 dogs and 198 cats.

Murrindindi Shire Council’s CEO Margaret Abbey said the benefits of registering pets are clear, particularly if something happens and they go missing.

“Not only is it a legal requirement to register any dog or cat over the age of three months with Council, if it does go missing or wander off, we can easily contact you and return it free of charge”, Ms Abbey said.

“However, if your pet isn’t registered, it makes it much more difficult for us to find you, and then not only do you have to collect it, but you may also be fined.”

“Council has a discounted registration rate available for all de-sexed cats and dogs and it’s a substantial saving. The discount encourages responsible pet ownership by ensuring there are fewer unwanted litters of puppies and kittens”, added Ms Abbey.

“We also provide discounted rates for animals registered with an approved organisation. There is a list of these organisations at Council offices or you can access them online at http://bit.ly/2pVISgv ). There are also discounted rates for dogs that have undergone obedience training with an approved organisation, animals over 10 years old and working stock dogs on rural properties.”

It is mandatory for all dogs and cats which are being registered for the first time to be micro chipped and this is a service provided by all vets and many animal shelters. This regulation also applies to previously registered dogs and cats that move into Murrindindi Shire from another area.

Ms Abbey said any roaming pets that can’t be identified are collected by Council Rangers. If their owners can’t be located, the animals are sent to Coldstream Animal Aid to be re-homed.

“Animal Aid does a great job re-homing animals, with a success rate of more than 90% of dogs and around 75% of kittens adopted. The ‘save’ rates for cats are statistically lower at around 60% due to the volume of feral and unhealthy cats in the Shire. Of course, we’d much prefer to see lost animals reunited with their owners rather than having to be re-homed or, much worse, put down”, said Ms Abbey.

“If you haven’t yet registered your pet before you can do so by downloading and completing the animal registration form on Council’s website at www.murrindindi.vic.gov.au, or drop in to a Council office and fill out a form there. Don’t forget to take your pet’s microchip number and de-sexing certificate along when you do if you are registering a pet for the first time”. 

“And if you have simply forgotten to re-register your pet, please make the time to do this. It would also be helpful if people could let us know if the pet has been relocated to another Shire or if it is deceased, so we can amend our records”, added Ms Abbey.