Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is encouraging residents to ensure all dog registrations are up to date and that they also microchip their dog or cat.
As a concession to pet owners, Council will not issue infringement notices in September for unregistered dogs nor for dogs or cats found without microchips. However, all prescribed registration and microchipping fees still apply.
TRC Environmental Health portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said the region’s dog and cat owners were encouraged to take advantage of the amnesty period to avoid penalties.
“It is a requirement under State Government Legislation Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 to register your dog and also microchip dogs and cats,” Cr Ramia said.
“Registering dogs with correct contact details is one of the best ways to ensure lost pets are reunited with their owners as quickly as possible.
“Microchipping cats and dogs at an authorised implanter also offers an additional safeguard in the event a valued family pet goes missing.
“Dogs must be registered before reaching three months of age. Dog owners who are new to the region must register their new address within 14 days of moving to the Toowoomba Regional Council area.
“Keeping records current with Council and microchip databases has the added advantage of ensuring the correct contact details are kept for each animal in the event an animal goes missing.
“Similarly, people who move from the region are required to update their details with Toowoomba Regional Council about their new address and cancel the former registration. The same process applies when a dog dies. This will ensure residents do not receive outdated registration renewal notices.”
Council offers a number of registration discounts for responsible pet owner initiatives.
• Desexed dogs,
• Pensioner discounts,
• Obedience trained dogs,
• Entire show dogs owned by current Dogs Queensland members
Special conditions or proof will be required to be eligible for the discounts. For details, please call 131 872.
Registration forms, change of ownership forms and other details can be found at www.tr.qld.gov.au/dogrego
The registration period runs from July 1 to June 30 each year.
Council also recognises the benefits a new puppy can bring to a home by offering a half-priced ‘puppy’s first registration’ discount for the first registration year for puppies below six months of age.
New owners are encouraged to put the registration savings toward the cost of desexing their pet before the annual registration renewal is due to take advantage of the desexed dog registration fee for the remaining life of your pet.