Objective 1: To ensure all dogs and cats which are over the age of three months which reside within the municipality are declared and registered with the Cardinia Shire Council and ensure that they are either implanted with a microchip and/or displaying identification.
Conduct an annual doorknock and follow up outstanding registrations to gain compliance.
Assists the public and gives them every opportunity to comply. Increases animal registration and ability to reunite missing animals.
Media releases through Council’s Communication Department, published in the internal Council magazine notifying residents of the requirements relating to registration requirements, including renewal date and animals to which a reduced fee applies. Publish articles in local paper prior to start of renewal period.
Raises awareness relating to responsible ownership.
Assists AMOs ensuring strays can be returned as soon as collected.
Provide discounted micro chipping, dog training, pet grooming, veterinary attention and animal ownership information and advice.
Mail out of registration renewal forms.
Provides residents every opportunity to register they pets prior to 10 April.
Mail out of final notices for registration renewals.
Increases registered number of dogs/cats
Compulsory micro-chipping of dogs and cats for first registration and transfer from another Council.
Promotes recovery rate.
Assists AMOs with identification.
Accessibility to online registration/renewal, and a range of registration payment methods – credit card, BPay, cheque.
Convenience for public.
Use Council’s website to provide information to residents on when registration is due, how and where to register, fee structure, registration form, what information they need to provide (e.g. microchipping, desexing certificates), letting Council know they are no longer the owner, have changed address or the pet is deceased. Highlight renewal period on website in March and April.
Minimise the potential nuisance that may be caused by dogs or cats under Section 68A(2)(c)(vi) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
The Cardinia Shire Council’s current process relating to nuisance animals is received well by the community, through the hiring of cat and dog traps. Council has made orders relating to the desexing of all cats prior to registration, restricting cats to a 24 hour curfew and the requirement to have all dogs on a lead, chain or cord while in all public places.
Effective control of dogs in public places, reduces the likelihood of dog attacks, enables residents to comfortably enjoy these open spaces without the fear of dog attack and ensures public safety. The order relating to the de-sexing of cats prior to registrations, encourages responsible ownership, prevents potential feral and unwanted litters. The 24-hour cat curfew was introduced 12 years ago and has proved effective by reducing cats from trespassing and nuisance complaints of cats private properties.