Cats and dogs need to be registered
  • Friday 19 June 2009

Sunshine Coast cat and dog owners will be required to register both pets, under new State Government laws.

The State Animal Management (Cats & Dogs) Act 2008 comes into force on 1 July for all South East Queensland councils, including the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

This means all cat and dog owners within the Sunshine Coast Regional Council area, not currently registered, are required to submit a registration form by 30 September, 2009.

Another requirement of the Act is that dogs and cats under 12 weeks at 1 July 2009 will be required to be micro-chipped.

This Act has three main purposes:

  • Provide for the identification and registration of cats and dogs
  • Provide for the effective management of regulated dogs
  • Promote the responsible ownership of cats and dogs

Council will consider the cost of registration fees at its next Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 25 June at Nambour.

Community Policy and Programs portfolio holder Cr Jenny McKay said council would be mindful of making the registration process fair to pet owners.

“We are still working out the details of how much registration will cost, but we want a scheme that is both workable and reasonable,” she said.

“As a pet owner myself, I understand that people will need time to understand the new regulations and council is looking at ways of giving people enough time to comply.”