Pet Day Out a fun day out for families and their best friends

Burdekin residents are invited to a pet-friendly, family day out at Plantation Park in Ayr from 9am to 12 noon this Saturday 16 June.

The annual Pet Day Out is a Burdekin Shire Council initiative to promote responsible pet ownership in the community.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said this year’s event promised to be a great family day out, with goodie bag giveaways, fun competitions, a jumping castle and free microchipping for the first 50 pets.

“Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to come down to Plantation Park and get your dog or cat microchipped for free. All you have to do to qualify is to ensure your pet is registered with Council,” Cr McLaughlin said.

The RSPCA’s Education Mobile Unit will be set up in the park, giving families the opportunity to explore fun and interactive animal welfare education displays.

Pets will also be able to strut their stuff in the pet show, with competitions for Best Dressed Pet and Owner; Best Trick; and Most Obedient.

“Bring your pet down on the day and get involved with our fun competitions,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“A lifetime registration for your pet will also be given away. Owners can register for this prize on their arrival. The pet needs to be registered and microchipped to qualify and owner and pet need to be in attendance at the draw.”

Cr McLaughlin said having a pet could be a wonderful experience, but everyone who owned an animal should be aware of the responsibility it brought, as well as the community’s expectations about responsible pet management.

“Council plays an active role in promoting responsible pet ownership and offers numerous incentives for animal owners who do the right thing,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Pet owners who microchip their animals can be easily identified and contacted if their pet becomes lost.

“Fortunately, many of the lost animals received by Council are microchipped, which means they can be quickly identified to return to their owners.

“Burdekin Pet Rescue plays a key role in the rehoming of many of the animals that do enter the pound and will have pets available to meet during our Pet Day Out event.

“It will be a great opportunity to speak with the Burdekin Pet Rescue foster carers and meet some of the beautiful animals who are looking for forever homes.”

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