Time is running out to register your furry friend

A friendly reminder to all dog and cat owners on the Sunshine Coast to renew your pet’s registration, if you haven’t already, as registrations are now overdue.

Pet registration renewals were due for renewal by September 30, so now is the time to renew your registration to avoid receiving a violation.

Discounts apply for gender-neutral pets, the cost being just $24 and registration is free if you have a current pensioner card and your pet is both gender-neutral and microchipped.

There’s also the option of lifetime registration for sexless and microchipped cats – just $87 with no annual renewal fee required.

Registration is free for animals under six months.

Service Excellence Portfolio adviser Winston Johnston said recall notices were on the way for the 31% of dog and cat owners who had not renewed their pet’s registration at time.

“Continued non-renewal of your pet’s registration may result in a $287 violation,” said Cr Johnston.

“Not only does registration help the council reunite lost pets with their owners and fund pet-related services, but it’s also an important part of being a responsible pet owner.

“It is an offense to have an unregistered dog or cat on the Sunshine Coast for more than 14 days.

“If you have not received a renewal notice, your pet’s details have changed, or you no longer own your pet, please contact the council as soon as possible to update your details and avoid receiving a violation. .”

The annual registration period for cats (excluding cats registered for life) and dogs begins on October 1 of each year and ends on September 30 of the following year.

Several convenient payment methods are available, including online payments via My advice or BPay, by telephone or in a municipal customer contact centre. Whenever possible, online payment is preferred.

Pet owners can also update their pet’s details, including changes to mismatch, microchip and retiree details or cancel your pet’s registration if you no longer own your pet, via My advice or one online form on the council’s website.

For more information, visit council website and search for ‘Registration of animals‘.

Dog registration is required under the Queensland Government Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and cat registration is required under the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011.

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