Did you forget to renew your pet registration?
Published on 29 April 2021
The Domestic Animals Act 1994 directs that all cats and dogs over the age of three months must be microchipped and registered with the Shire.
These are long standing responsibilities for pet owners – dog registration was introduced in 1970, followed by cat registration in 1994.
In March each year, Mornington Peninsula Shire sends out pet registration renewal notices which are due to be paid by 10 April.
This month, reminders were sent out to pet owners asking them to pay for their animal’s registration.
The Shire has now commenced following up unregistered pets.
It costs $50 per year to register a de-sexed dog or cat. Discounts apply for pension card holders. The current fine for owning an unregistered dog or cat is $330 (this amount is subject to an annual increase by State Government and will change accordingly).
Mornington Peninsula Shire is now offering free first year registration for eligible residents. To qualify pets must be:
- registered within eight weeks of taking ownership or moving into the municipality.
Supporting documentation must be provided with the application.
Animals adopted from the Community Animal Shelter will also be registered for free.
Once your registration has been processed, pet owners are issued with a lifetime identification disc to attach to the pet's collar.
Mornington Peninsula Shire provides many different services to support pet owners, funded directly from pet registration fees, such as:
- Off-leash dog areas located around the Shire for residents to train, exercise and play with their dogs. To learn where the closest off-leash area is to you visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/leashfree.
- The Community Animal Shelter and Pound which cares for lost pets and finds new homes for unclaimed cats and dogs. If you are in a situation where your cat or dog is missing, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/lostpets to see if a Community Safety Officer / Ranger has picked up your pet.
- Shire Rangers responding to dog attacks and nuisance complaints, as well as reducing the risk of wandering dogs throughout our townships.
- The State Government Levy contributes towards community education on responsible pet ownership.
Dogs and cats that are registered and microchipped also have a far greater chance of being reunited with their families quickly and safely if they get lost or go astray.
Cats must be de-sexed to be registered within the Mornington Peninsula Shire unless the cat and owner are a member of the Feline Control Council.
When you receive your renewal notice, it is a great opportunity to tell us if anything has changed, such as your address, contact details, if your pet no longer lives with you or is deceased.
Please advise the Shire by contacting our Customer Service team via:
Pet registration is separate to your pet’s microchip details. If you need your pet’s microchip details updated please visit car.com.au.
Pet registration renewals can be paid online, over the phone and in person.
Please visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/petregistration to learn more about the different ways to pay your registration.