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RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
TRAINING THE PET (OWNER)
Moorabool Shire Council pound has had a busy time of late!!
With an increase in surrendered and stray animals coming
into the pound it is a timely reminder to be aware of the
responsibilities of being a pet owner.
Unfor tunately the adage "A pet is for life, not for just for
Christmas" is not just a flippant saying. Last summer 126
abandoned pets were picked up by Council's Compliance
officers, and a high propor tion of these were young animals,
possibly given as presents.
So it is of utmost impor tance that new pet owner s are
aware of their responsibilities to ensure their pet is happy
and safely looked after.
It is impor tant to think carefully about the obligations of pet
ownership before you adopt or purchase a new pet.
Things to consider include:
• Does your breed suit your lifestyle? Consider how much
exercise your new animal will require, the size of your
proper ty, how often you are home and if your new pet
will be happy to spend time alone whilst you are at
• Training requirements - pets require mental stimulation
when you are not at home . By offering mentally
stimulating and constructive ways to occupy time you
will effectively prevent your pet from engaging in
destr uctive behaviour to overcome boredom or seek
• Local Law requirements on the number of animals that
you can have at your proper ty.
Council is for tunate enough to have their own pound
facilities where stray animals can be housed until they are
reunited with their owner. The easiest way for our
Compliance officer s to reunite animals to their owner s is by
having your animal microchipped and registered as this
allows a speedy reunion for owner and pet.
Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all cats and dogs
must be registered from three months of age. All animals
registered with the Council must be microchipped. If your
animal is not registered, you risk a $234 on the spot fine.
Council will be holding a Microchipping clinic in early 2010 so
keep an eye out for dates as registrations for dogs and cats are
due in April 2010.
If you are considering adopting a pet, give the Council a call
as you may just find your new best friend in our pound. Feel
free to come in and have a chat with one of our Compliance
Officers as they will be able to advise you on breed specific
material, vaccinating, de-sexing and any other requirements
that your new pet may need.
Moorabool Shire Council strongly recommends that you de-
sex your new pet. Females should be desexed to prevent
unwanted pregnancies and to prevent breast cancer and
uterus problems that can be found in entire undesexed
female. Males should be desexed to prevent fighting and
wandering. Council also strongly advocates the de-sexing of
all dogs and cats not kept for breeding purposes.
Kitten season is currently upon us and Compliance officers
are holding a large amount of kittens that are the offspring of
un-desexed cats. It is your responsibility in ensuring that
responsible pet ownership includes desexing your pet so that
they do not end up in the Council Pound unwanted and at risk
of not finding a new home.
PET REGO TAGS LAST A LIFETIME
When you register your dog or cat with Council, your pet will be
issued with a lifetime animal registration tag.
The lifelong tags are far more durable than the yearly tags and
have enough room on the back of them for you to engrave your
contact details, which will increase the chances of you being
reunited with your pet if it goes wandering.
You can pay registration fees this year at Council's Customer
Service centres at Main Street, Bacchus Marsh and Stead Street,
Ballan. Alternatively, you can post a cheque or money order to
Moorabool Shire Council, PO Box 18, Ballan VIC 3342.
Payments are also be accepted at Australia Post outlets.
Have you registered your pet yet?
Animal registrations are due to be paid by 10 April each year.
Not paying your registration renewal by 10 April may result in a
If you are yet to pay your pet's registration renewal, please do so
as soon as possible.
All dogs and cats over three months old are to be registered with
Council. Due to legislation set by the State Government, all new
animals that are registered with Council must also be
If you would like to find out more information about animal
registration, please call Customer Service on 5366 7100 or visit
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