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Posted on: 8 May, 2018

Pet owners encouraged to get down to Council’s Free Pet Microchipping Day!

Council’s annual free microchipping day is almost here and residents are being encouraged to get their furry four-legged friend microchipped and registered!

The event will be held on Saturday 19 May at Merv Anderson Park in Yeppoon from 10am – 2pm, featuring RSPCA’s popular and interactive education mobile unit – EMU, a Microchipping and registration stall, pet product service displays and a sausage sizzle.

Environment Councillor Adam Belot, who’s responsible for Local Laws said this year, Council will introduce lifetime pet registration tags which means cat and dog owners will no longer need to swap their registration tags when they renew their pet registrations.

“Although a new tag will not be issued, pet owners are still required to renew registration for their pets each year,” Cr Belot said.

“Registration tags would only be replaced if they are lost or damaged. Pet owners are required to keep using the tags they were issued during the 2017-18 animal registration year.

“Pet ownership is a serious responsibility, and it’s important for pet owners to take these simple steps to ensure their beloved animal is safe and can be easily identified if they were to go missing.

“All cats and dogs over the age of 12 weeks in Livingstone Shire are required to be registered by law, residents who can’t make it on the day, are encouraged to take advantage of Council’s online registration and renewal system, available through https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/1054/View-Online-Services

Microchipping is free for animals registered in Livingstone Shire, (proof of your current registration is required), and $30 for those outside the Shire. New Livingstone Shire pet owners can also register their pets at pro-rata registration fees.

Local Laws Officers will also be on hand throughout the day offering advice on managing pets. Please ensure all dogs are on leads and cats are also restrained or in sturdy carry boxes when attending the event.

Fast facts

? Cats and dogs are required by law to be microchipped;
? Fines apply if your pets aren’t microchipped and registered;
? Microchipping greatly increases your pet’s chance of being reunited with you if it is lost or picked up by Council Officers; and
? When you relocate to another Council area or change address, remember to update your contact details on the microchip as well as notifying Council.

Event Info

What: Free Pet Microchipping Day
When: Saturday 19 May, 10am – 2pm
Where: Merv Anderson Park, Scenic Highway, Yeppoon
Activities: Microchipping and registration, animal management information, pet product and service stalls, sausage sizzle

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