Discount pet registration is available at Greater Shepparton’s animal shelter until late next month to encourage responsible pet ownership.
The news comes a week after managers of the facility had vented about an animal influx at the facility pushing space towards capacity, forcing them to reinforce the importance of desexing and registering pets.
The council hopes the discount deal will prove an incentive for residents to get their pets registered.
Reduced fees, available until February 23, will range from $5 to $32, with free registration for puppies and kittens aged up to six months, and pensioners entitled to pet desexing vouchers.
Council Citizen Services manager Laurienne Winbanks encouraged pet owners with unregistered animals to take advantage of the reduced rate while it was available and start receiving the benefits of being registered.
‘‘Registering your pet is more important than you may think. If your animal goes missing, there is a better chance it will be returned home if it’s registered.’’
If your pet is wearing the council registration tag, you are guaranteed to be notified if your details are kept up to date.
‘‘It’s very easy to register, all you need to do is fill out the registration form and bring it in for payment.
‘‘We hope this discounted fee encourages people to register their cat or dog and ensure responsible pet ownership,’’ Ms Winbanks said.
Highlighting causes for the shelter’s influx, Ms Winbanks last week suggested some people may be unaware of the realities of welcoming an animal into their home before buying or being gifted a pet for Christmas.
The council stressed registering pets greatly improved chances of them being returned should they become lost.
To register with council, animals must be microchipped and cats desexed.
For registration forms, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au