Register your pets
Greater Shepparton City Council is reminding all responsible pet owners to register their cats and dogs and pay the renewals by April 10.
Greater Shepparton City Council citizens’ services manager Laurienne Winbanks said keeping your pet’s registration current ensured you could be contacted should your animal find itself off your property.
‘‘It’s also a great time to make sure we have your most up-to-date address and contact details,’’ she said.
Ms Winbanks explained that registration fees covered more than just the cost of reuniting lost animals with their owners.
‘‘The registration fees also help cover the cost of council services to respond to calls about wandering dogs or dog attacks, or nuisance issues, such as barking dogs, control of dangerous breeds, monitoring pet shops and kennels, breeding businesses and our animal shelter.
‘‘For those registering a pet for the first time, to receive the reduced fee your animal must be de-sexed and microchipped or over 10 years of age, belong to a domestic animal business or applicable organisation, or be a dog that has undergone training or is a working dog.’’
Ms Winbanks stressed that 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,’’ she said.
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 council offices in Welsford St, Shepparton.
Renewals can be paid on the council website or by using BPay, in person or by mail.