Animal registration renewal payment extension

Published on 01 April 2023

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Gannawarra Shire Council is extending the deadline for cat and dog owners to pay their annual animal registration renewals.

Originally due on Monday, 10 April, animal registration renewals are now due by 5pm Monday, 8 May.

“Council has unfortunately experienced delays in distributing animal registration renewal notices to residents, with these letters sent out last week,” Council Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Rollinson said.

“By extending the payment deadline by four weeks, Council is helping to relieve financial pressures residents may be experiencing at this time, especially as we recover from the floods and manage increasing living costs.”

As outlined in the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dogs and cats over three months of age must be registered with their local Council and microchipped.

“Microchipping your cat or dog and registering your pets with Council provides some security should your beloved animals become lost, with details enabling our Local Laws team to reunite found cats and dogs with their owners,” Mr Rollinson said.

“Registration fees cover Council’s pound expenses and support key domestic animal-related services.”

Reduced registration fees are applicable for pets aged over 10 years; dogs kept for working stock; animals that are registered with an Applicable Organisation; and animals that are desexed.

“Additional discounts also apply if the owner currently holds an eligible pension card. If you have a current Pensioner Concession Card and your renewal does not show the pensioner concession rate, please contact our friendly Customer Service team on (03) 5450 9333,” Mr Rollinson said.

Payment can be made in person at Council’s Customer Service Centres, by cheque or money order mailed to Council, over the phone by phoning (03) 5450 9333 or online via BPAY. A separate BPAY payment is required per animal.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please phone Council on (03) 5450 9333.

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