Pets, our constant companions, add an important dimension to our lives. However, being a pet owner is a serious business.
All dogs and cats need to be registered with the Borough of Queenscliffe and there are limits on the number of domestic animals you can have at your property. You should ensure that your pets are healthy, well-nourished, groomed, vaccinated, registered, microchipped and properly exercised and trained. You'll also want to make sure your pet is happy and contented and not disturbing your neighbours.
All cat owners must have their pet desexed before being registered with the Borough of Queenscliffe. Meanwhile, dog owners have the choice whether or not to desex, which is often one of the most important and difficult decisions in a dog owner's life. The Animal Welfare Victoria website recommends that if you have a dog and don't intend it to breed from it, you should have it desexed as soon as possible. Desexing your pet entitles you to a significant discount – currently around 66% cheaper – on registration fees for the lifetime of your pet.
Any dog or cat being registered with the Borough for the first time must be microchipped. Compulsory microchipping helps to prevent the needless destruction of cats and dogs and provides an additional means of identification in case your animal's collar or Council-issued tag falls off.
Once you've performed those tasks, you're now ready to register your pet with us(PDF, 318KB). Make sure you've got your pet's microchip number handy to include on the form. Once the form has been completed and payment has been made, your pet is now officially registered.
Now your pet is registered, we'll send out an identification tag for them to wear – you should leave them on your pet at all times. This tag is a lifetime registration tag, which means that you don't need to worry about getting a new one each year. If you do happen to lose or break your pet's tag, we can issue them a new tag and tag number for a $2 fee.
Now that you're a pet owner, you need to make sure your pet's registration is renewed annually. The due date for registration each year is usually around early April. If you're not making any changes to your pet's registration, then you now have the option to pay your renewal via BPAY.
Pet owners need to make sure their pet's registration is renewed annually. The due date for registration each year is usually around early April. If you're not making any changes to your pet's registration, then you now have the option to pay your renewal via BPAY.
If you reside in another municipality but own a property in the Borough, you might like have a dual registration for your pet.
For a fee of $7.00, your dog or cat will be registered and issued with a Queenscliffe tag so that you can be sure your animal will be returned to you swiftly if they're found roaming. Proof of your animal's residential council’s registration must be provided.
If you move to a new municipality, make sure you transfer your pet's registration. You must also remember to update your contact details with your microchip registry. This is a separate task to updating your pet registration records with your local council.