Don't forget your pet


Pet registrations are vital to maintaining the health and wellbeing of our animals, both domestic and native. Notices have been arriving in mailboxes over the past weeks reminding pet owners of their responsibilities and the due date for registrations, 10 April 2017.

Under Victorian law, every cat and dog three months of age and over must be registered with their local council. Pets being registered for the first time must also be microchipped prior to registration.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said registering your pet is a key part of being a responsible owner.

“Making sure your pet is registered, wearing a Council identification tag and microchipped, means your dog or cat has a much higher chance of being returned to you if it ends up missing” Cr Rothfield said.

“No family wants to experience the distress of losing a pet, so it’s also important to make sure your contact details are kept up-to-date on both your Council registration and microchip details.”

As of 10 April 2017, two new Orders in relation to the responsible ownership of cats in the Shire will also come into effect. From this date, Council will not register a new cat unless the cat is desexed or is exempt under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, and cat owners will be required to contain their cats to their property between sunset and sunrise, unless restrained and in the presence of their owner.

The aim of the new orders are to protect wildlife, reduce instances of cats causing a nuisance to neighbours, reducing unwanted litters of kittens and, ultimately, making all cats safer.

“Roaming cats, both domestic and feral, have a significant impact on our environment and can cause a nuisance to neighbours,” Cr Rothfield said.

If a cat is caught straying between sunrise and sunset owners will initially be educated in relation to the requirement of the new Order with ongoing breaches resulting in enforcement action.

Council can assist people who are experiencing problems with nuisance cats trespassing by providing a cat trap. If cats are caught they are collected and inspected for identification so they can be reunited with their owners. Ongoing incidents of trespass can result in enforcement action against the cat owner.

For more information on new controls or registering your pet, please contact Council’s Local Laws Team at local.laws@basscoast.vic.gov.au, or call them on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.