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Doorknocks to help cat and dog owners

Publish Date: 05/07/2016

Cat and dog owners across Moira Shire are reminded to ensure their animals are registered as Council’s Local Laws Officers begin doorknock visits.

The doorknock program helps educate pet owners about the legal requirements of owning a cat or dog, as well as responsible pet ownership.

Pet registrations are due by 10 April each year.  Owners who have not yet registered their cat or dog can do so now by contacting Council.

Moira Shire Safety and Amenity Coordinator John Shaw said door knocks had proven successful in the past in increasing the number of pets registered.

“Pet registration means Council has a much greater chance of reuniting lost animals with their owners,” Mr Shaw said.

“Pet owners are responsible for the welfare of their animal and that includes ensuring it is registered each year.”

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 stipulates all new animal registrations must have microchip identification.

“This ensures the microchip number is registered on Council’s database making it a lot easier to reunite lost animals with their owners,” Mr Shaw said.

Pet owners who have pensioner concession cards issued by Centrelink or the Department of Veteran Affairs are entitled to a 50 per cent reduction in registration fees.

To register your cat or dog or for further information about registrations contact Council on (03) 5871 9222, visit our website or call into our Customer Service Centres in Cobram and Yarrawonga.

Further information is available on Council’s website here.

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