If you haven't registered your dog or microchipped your dog or cat yet, now's the time to act.
We will be undertaking a 6 month inspection program to check that all dogs over 12 weeks of age are registered and all cats and dogs are microchipped. The program will cover all of the Toowoomba Region, including rural areas and will run from 15 October 2018 to 12 April 2019.
During the program, officers will go house to house to check pet registration and microchipping. Owners identified in the checks with an unregistered dog or with a cat or dog without a microchip will be fined $261 per offence.
If you owned a dog or cat that was older than 12 weeks of age at the time of implementation of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 on 1 July 2009 and still own the dog or cat, you don’t need to microchip your pet, although it is recommended.
By carrying out an inspection program, we can improve the accuracy of our records, follow up on overdue registrations and obtain new registrations. Registering and microchipping also improves the chances of your pet being identified and returned home should he or she go wandering.
How to register your dog
There are three different ways you can register your dog:
- Complete the online form, or
- Print out and fill in the Dog registration application form (PDF for print)and return it to a Customer Service office or mail it to Toowoomba Regional Council, 4 Little Street, or
- Visit a Customer Service Office.
Microchipping your pet
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for your pet. It only takes a few seconds and your pet will feel little pain. Once done, your pet's details and your contact details are entered into a national database.
Inserting a microchip allows your pet to be easily identified and returned to you if the need arises.
Microchipping can be done by your local vet.