Burdekin residents are being urged to pay their pet registrations early to take advantage of the generous 50 per cent discount offered.
Burdekin Shire Council Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said residents with registered dogs and cats would receive their registration renewal notice this week.
“An early bird discount is available to all new registrations and renewals if people pay the fee before July 31,” she said.
“Basically the registration fee is halved so there is a strong incentive to pay within the discount period.
“There is also extra incentive for residents with further discounts if their pets are de-sexed and microchipped.”
Mrs Whitworth said residents wanting to have their pet microchipped could take advantage of the service available at the Burdekin Pet Day Out on June 22 at Plantation Park.
“This would be a great opportunity to bring your registered pets down and have a microchip implanted for only $25,” she said.
“Registration, desexing and having your pet microchipped is all part of being a responsible pet owner and it makes it easier for Council to reunite lost pets with their owners.
“It also helps provide council with statistics which we can use to plan management strategies and facilities.”
Mrs Whitworth said residents receiving renewal forms who felt they were entitled to further discounts should contact Council.
“The fees on the renewal forms are based on the information council currently has on the animal or the pension card holder,” she said.
“If people feel that they are entitled to further discounts they simply need to bring the appropriate documentation to council’s customer service centre when they come in to make their payment.”
Mrs Whitworth said any pet owners who do not receive a renewal notice in the mail or have changed address should contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 4783 9800.