Pet owners have until next Tuesday, April 10, to register their cats and dogs.
Greater Shepparton City Council has said in the past year, nearly 80 per cent of the dogs and almost all of the cats ending up at at the council’s animal shelter have not been registered, with only 57 per cent of dogs and six per cent of cats being claimed by their owners.
Council’s citizens services manager Laurienne Winbanks said registration fees helped cover the cost of council services to respond to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks, nuisance issues such as barking dogs, control of dangerous breeds, monitoring pet shops and kennels, breeding businesses and the operation of the animal shelter.
‘‘Every dog and cat over the age of three months must be registered. Not only is it the law, but it assists your animal as well,’’ Ms Winbanks said.
After April 10, compliance checks will begin and owners with unregistered animals may receive infringements.
Council offers free registration for puppies and kittens less than six months of age.
New cat or dog registrations need to be done in person at the council offices in Welsford St, Shepparton.
Renewals can be paid on the council website or by using BPay, in person or by mail.
For information on registering a pet, visit www.greatershepparton.com.au