Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 all cats are required to be registered with Council, once the cat is over 3 months of age. Cats must also be registered within 14 days of obtaining your cat or within 14 days of moving into the Burdekin Shire.
All cats born on or after 1 July 2010 must also be micro-chipped.
An approval is required if more than 2 cats over 3 months of age are to be kept on the one property. The approval is to be received prior to receiving the additional cat/s.
Why should you register your cat?
- When registered an identification tag is provided. By wearing this tag lost cats can be reunited with their owners.
- Cat identification will be vital in the event of a disease outbreak.
- Information on registration provides statistics to help Councils provide appropriate management strategies and facilities.
What is the Registration Period and Fees?
- The period of registration for dogs is for twelve (12) months from 1st August to the 31st July the following year.
- An Early Bird discounted registration fee is available for all new registrations and renewals if paid within the period of 1st July to 31st July.
- Discounted registration fees are available for cats that have been desexed and micro-chipped.
- Council actively encourages residents to voluntarily have their cats desexed, and to identify them by a collar and tag distributed by Council after registration, and a microchip. It is necessary to ensure your cat is controlled to prevent nuisance wandering and to protect wildlife in our shire.
Can I receive a refund on my cat registration?
Council has a Policy to allow certain pro-rata refunds for cat registrations during the registration period.
Cat owners are able to make application to Council if their cat dies, or if the family relocates away from Burdekin shire.
Residents experiencing problems with straying or feral cats can borrow a cat trap from Burdekin Shire Council.Preview...Hide...
Residents experiencing problems with straying or feral cats can borrow a cat trap from Burdekin Shire Council.
The following procedures apply for the issuing and return of cat traps:-
- Customers requiring a cat trap can lodge a request by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre;
- At this time you will be advised if a cat trap is available and/or a possible waiting period;
- The cat trap is loaned out for a period of seven days;
- Cat traps are to be picked up and returned to Council’s Customer Service Centre during business hours: Monday to Friday 7.00am to 5.00pm.
Note: TRAPS ARE TO BE CLEANED PRIOR TO RETURN
Found, unwanted or trapped domestic cats
Found, unwanted or trapped domestic cats can be dropped off into a caged area at the Mackenzie Street pound. The public can access an encosed area via a sliding steel door located on the right side masonry block wall near the rear right corner of the pound building. Council will provide food and water inside the holding pen for the cats.
The Council’s Compliance Officer may collect trapped animals on request if duties permit. This service will only be available during business days. A request is to be made through Customer Service on telephone 07 4783 9800;
Please note that feral or wild cats SHOULD NOT be placed in the cat holding pen at the pound. Customers who have trapped aggressive feral cats should contact the Compliance Officers via Customer Service during working hours to arrange assistance in securing feral cats at the pound.