Friday 23 February 2018
A drive to get more Hamilton dogs registered and microchipped is being run in March by Hamilton City Council.
Hamilton dog owners can take up a deal to register and microchip their dog for only $35 during four dates in March, saving $80. This only applies to dogs who have not been registered before.
On each Thursday in March, a different community centre will host a mobile registration and microchipping service.
The mobile service will be from 12.30pm to 3pm at Melville Community Centre (1 March), Western Community Centre (8 March), Pukete Neighbourhood House (15 March) and Fairfield Community hall (22 March).
Hamilton City Council’s Animal Education and Control Manager Susan Stanford says this programme is about making it easy for dog owners.
“This is a chance for our team to get out into the community and make it as easy as possible for owners to register their dog if they haven’t done so before,” says Ms Stanford.
“We know there are quite a few dogs in our city which aren’t yet registered and it really makes it difficult to track down their owners and return them home if they end up in our care.”
“When your dog is registered and microchipped, the information can be added to the National Dog Database. This means if your dog goes missing and turns up at any council in the country, they will able to quickly have your details and can help safely return your dog home.
“We are extremely grateful for all of our good dog owners who register their dog every year. This allows us to continue our street patrols, education and adoption programmes and host exciting and different events for dogs and their owners.”
Not only does the Council provide animal control services (eg collecting roaming dogs, adoption programme), staff are also committed to providing valuable dog-related education to children, dog owners and the community.
The pro-rata registration applies to 30 June 2018.
All dog owners are required to have their dog registered and microchipped by law (Dog Control Act).