Cat rego costs $20

CAT registration comes in for the first time for Ipswich residents from today at a cost of $20 a year.

It will also be mandatory to microchip cats and dogs at the point of sale or if a pet is transferred to a new owner.

The microchipping requirement does not apply to existing pets - except regulated dogs. All regulated dogs, that is dangerous dogs, must be microchipped from July 1.

Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the new Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act was going to be a blessing in disguise, with more than 53 per cent of Queensland households owning a cat or dog.

“We've conducted a survey to get a better understanding of pet ownership, attitudes to registration, micro-chipping and desexing,” she said.

“Most owners are already having their pets desexed and recognise the importance of registration.

“Losing a pet can be a terrible experience, but strays can also be a big nuisance and have a detrimental impact on our native wildlife.

“So the new laws, which councils will be rolling out in the coming year, are about fostering responsible pet ownership and better managing the pet population.”

The survey showed that:

• More than 52 per cent expressed concern over the effect stray animals have on neighbouring wildlife.

• Almost 15 per cent who gave up ownership of a cat or dog did so because the pet was lost or ran away.

• 78 per cent said they would be encouraged to register their cat or dog if their council offered a discounted registration.

“The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act puts the onus of responsibility fairly and squarely on the shoulders of pet owners but I think it is significant and encouraging for councils to know that many pet owners already doing the right thing,” Ms Boyle said.

“The Queensland Government is providing $650,000 in funding to rural, regional and remote councils to help them offset the costs of implementing the legislation.”



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