Council moves to lifetime registration tags for furry friends

Hume City Council is moving to lifetime tags for pet registrations in 2018, with residents to receive their pet’s new lifetime tag with their registration renewal notice in April.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter said up-to-date pet registrations were the best way to ensure any lost pets were returned with their owners.

“Cats and dogs that are registered and microchipped are more likely to be reunited with their owner if they become lost or go missing,” Cr Porter said.

“When you receive your registration renewal notice, it’s extremely important to ensure all the details are correct, so that your pet is returned home safely in the event that it becomes lost.

“Council has changed to lifetime registration tags. This means you will receive your pet’s new lifetime registration tag with your renewal notice this year.

“While we make the switch to more durable tags for your pets, there will be a short delay in receiving your renewal notice and tag.

“We expect to send them out in April with an amended due date. Until then, all animals registered from April 2017 will remain registered until further notice,” Cr Porter said.

Moving forward, residents will no longer receive a new registration tag each year with their renewal notice; they will just need to pay the annual fee by the due date to renew their pet’s registration.

Cr Porter said registration fees helped Council support both animals and humans living in Hume.

“Registration fees help fund off-leash areas such as the Craigieburn Dog Park, Sunbury Dog Park and the new Broadmeadows Dog Park,” Cr Porter said.

“These fully-fenced parks provide an opportunity for owners to exercise their dogs in a safe environment.

“They are also a real treat for dogs, who often improve their social skills and confidence when they interact with other dogs at the park.

“Registration fees also fund animal education within Hume schools, as well as enable Council to control dangerous dogs so that they don’t pose a risk to families.”

By law, all cats and dogs aged three months and older must be registered with Council. Please note that dogs and cats are required to be microchipped before they can be registered.  

Every Hume resident who registers a new animal will receive a certificate of registration and an animal registration tag which must be worn by your pet at all times.

For further details visit or phone Council’s customer service centre on 9205 2200. 

Posted on 9:00 AM, 21 March 2018

Updated : 10:37 AM, 21 March 2018

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