Wyndham City is reminding residents their pet registrations are due on 10 April.
This is your best chance of reuniting with your furry family member if they get lost.
Living COVID-normal with eased restrictions means after nearly a year of spending most of our time at home, we are now venturing back to work, back to school and spending more time in the community.
Unfortunately, that also means our pets, who had become so used to our company, are experiencing more time on their own which can increase anxiety and lead to pets escaping from their homes.
In Victoria, all dogs and cats are required to be registered by law at three months old and have their registration renewed with Council annually.
Wyndham City Mayor Cr Adele Hegedich said some residents were under the false impression that once their pet was microchipped, it was registered, but they are two separate – and essential – processes.
“Registering your pet with Council is as simple as filling out an application online or a form at one of our Council-run centres and paying the annual fee,” Cr Hegedich said.
“Having your pet registered with Council will ensure that you will be reunited with your furry loved one quicker if your pet gets lost.”
“If it is your first time registering your pet, Wyndham offers free registration for the period up to the following April.”
“Your Council registration covers everything your pet needs in the City such as dog parks, the municipal pound, dog waste bags and bins, animal management staff, the Pet and Animal Expo, and of course reuniting you with your pet.”
Dog registration costs range from $25 to $167.50 a year and a desexed cat is between $12.50 and $120. (Cats must be desexed).
All 2021 pet registration renewals must be completed by 10 April 2021.
Failure to register your pets comes with a $330 fine.
You can register online or download registration forms from www.wyndham.vic.gov.au or visit Council offices for a copy of the form.