Safeguard your pet

You insure your car and house, so why not insure your pet?

Registration helps council return your pet to you should it find its way into council’s Animal Management Centre.

Community Engagement Committee chair Cr Fran Mann encouraged residents to take advantage of massive savings on their pet registration by registering them by July 31.

“Pet owners can save up to 50 per cent by registering their cat and dog during the discount period,” she said.

“All dogs and cats over the age of 12 weeks and living in the Mackay region must be registered with Mackay Regional Council by law and pets must wear their registration tags at all times.

“Registration fees are put towards the cost of running Mackay’s Animal Management Centre, which provides care for lost animals while they are waiting to be reunited with their owners.

“Registering your pet also ensures council has up-to-date contact details for you and your pet, with many microchips containing old addresses and phone numbers.”

Residents are also reminded that lifetime registration tags remain in place.

Pet owners will not be issued with a new registration tag when they register their pets. Instead, residents are reminded to continue using their current tags.

Residents will only need to order a new tag if their current one is lost or damaged.

The cost to register a de-sexed dog during the discount period is $36 and a dog that is not de-sexed is $85.

The cost to register a de-sexed cat during the discount period is $11 and a cat that is not de-sexed is $26.

Council is also supporting RSPCA’s Operation Wanted desexing program. Pet owners can save up to 20 per cent off desexing at participating vets from June 1 to August 31.

For more information and to register your pet, visit www.mackay.qld.gov.au.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 12 Jun 2017