Pet registrations jump by 2700 ahead of council doorknock

PET registrations on the Fraser Coast jumped by more than 2700 in January and February ahead of a doorknock by council compliance officers.

"Registered cats jumped by 1014 - from 2825 to 3839," councillor Robert Garland said.

"Registered dogs jumped by 1733 to 18,171.

"The community thanks the 2747 owners who registered their pets, as well as the hundreds of owners who renewed their registrations during the amnesty.

"These owners are part of the solution to cutting the number of unwanted pets and the number of animals euthanised each year."

He said owning a pet brought with it responsibilities.

"The registration fees help council pay for the compliance staff which investigate the 6000 animal complaints council receives each year, as well as provide education programs such as Walk With Me, Pet PEP in schools and facilities such as the two pounds and free doggy doo bag dispensers which are dotted around the region," Cr Garland said.

"While most of the funds go towards compliance, picking up stray animals and running the two pounds, I can see a time when the funds will be able to provide other facilities such as fenced off-leash areas and other programs.

"But to do that all pet owners have to be a part of the program."

Council compliance staff have started knocking on doors of homes across the region to check cat and dog owners' animal registration information is up to date.

The doorknock followed a five-week amnesty period during which owners of unregistered pets were able to register their animals without penalty.

Owners of unregistered pets found by the doorknock will be required to register their pets and issued fines of $220.

The full registration fee will be payable: for cats and dogs - whole animals $105, aged over 8 years (whole animals) $73.50 and desexed $51.

"Anyone can still come in and pay their registration now, before the compliance staff arrive, and not be penalised," Cr Garland said.

He said registration had a number of benefits.

"Registered pets can be reunited with their owners quickly which cuts the number of pets being euthanised and minimises the stress to the owner and their precious pet.

"Last year, 348 dogs and 407 Cats were euthanised.

"That represents 23% of the dogs and 60% of the cats impounded."



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