Share your pet photos with council

Council is encouraging residents to share photos of how they practise responsible pet ownership to help raise awareness in the community.

Pet Registration Day is held annually to spruik the responsible pet ownership message, but due to COVID-19 restrictions council will not be holding this event in 2020.

Community and Client Services director Angela Hays said council would instead engage with the community through the council website and social media.

“We are encouraging pet owners to share photos of themselves and their pets practising responsible pet ownership,” she said.

“This could be anything from taking your dog for a walk on a leash, playing in an off-leash dog park, a photo of your pet sporting a collar with a council pet registration tag or pictures of them playing in an adequately-fenced yard.

“We will choose one winner each week and they will take home a $100 voucher from a local pet store.”

Pet owners should have received their pet registration renewal letters in the mail.

Those who register their pet before July 31 can take advantage of the pet registration discount period.

Ms Hays said registration fees were put towards the costs of running council’s Animal Management Centre (AMC).

“This critical community service would not be able to exist without pet registration fees,” she said.

“By registering your pet, you are not only ensuring your contact details are up-to-date in our system, but it means council will be able to provide care to your pet in the Animal Management Centre should it ever go missing.”

Share photos of you and your pet practising responsible pet ownership at www.mackay.qld.gov.au/pet.