Help us help you, your four legged friends and your community
  • Wednesday 04 April 2012

Did you know you can retrieve your dog or cat for free from Sunshine Coast Council’s pounds the first time it is impounded, provided it is registered?

By law you must register your pet and council provides this incentive to ensure your pet’s registration is renewed in September each year.

Community Services Manager, Sheryl Krome said council was committed to reuniting pets with their owners and encouraging responsible pet ownership.

"Our public areas are shared spaces – whether it’s the beach, park or your local neighbourhood streets," Ms Krome said.

"While your pets may be well behaved at home, when they’re in public places they may be a nuisance to others and unfortunately they may also be a real danger to other animals.

"Owners must be in control of their dog or cat at all times. They cannot roam the streets unaccompanied. Properties must have adequate fencing and enclosures to prevent your pet escaping.

"It is for these reasons council has a $300 impound release fee to emphasise the significance of being a responsible pet owner and to provide an incentive to stop it happening again."

Ms Krome said the $300 impound fee would be waived for first time offenders whose registered cat or dog was impounded.

"We want to acknowledge and reward owners for doing the right thing for their pet and the community simply by registering their pet annually," she said.

"Animal registration provides safety and security for dogs and cats as well as owners and the community.

"All dogs and cats must be registered every year and wear a council-issued registration tag when in public.

"This assists council to reunite dogs and cats with their owners should they become separated.

"This is why we do not charge a pound fee the first time when returning registered pets to their owners."

Reduced registration fees apply for desexed and microchipped dogs and cats.

Also remember to ensure your pet’s microchip details are up-to-date with your microchip register to help council, the vet or lost animal shelter to reunite you quickly and easily.

If your pet goes missing and your microchip details are not up-to-date and you do not know which database the chip is registered to, visit council’s website for some simple tips about how to resolve this quickly.