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Responsible pet ownership

Dog and cat registrations are due for annual renewal by Monday 9 April in the Mount Alexander Shire. A renewal notice will be sent to each home where pets are already registered.
Council is pleased to announce the introduction of the following payment options for residents to renew their pet registrations –


  • Australia Post outlet
  • BPay service via your bank
  • Credit card payment by phone 1300 486 757 follow the prompts or via Council website, select “Payments” option and following the links for Animal Registrations
  • Council Customer Service Centres at Lyttleton Street or Halford Street – cash, cheque, money order or EFTPOS facilities are available
  • Cheque or money order to PO Box 185, Castlemaine

Dog and cat registration fees for the 2012/13 registration year which is from April to April, is $75 per year for a full fee dog or cat. Registration is required to be renewed every 12 months and Council continues to offer a 50% pensioner fee reduction.
Discounted rates are also available for de-sexed animals, microchipped and older animals and other categories.
A permit may be required to house more than 2 dogs or 2 cats in some areas under Council’s Local Laws 4. 
It is a legal requirement that all cats and dogs over the age of three months are registered.  If you have a new dog or cat, please contact Council for details on how to have them registered. Owners who fail to register a dog or cat by the due date can incur a penalty of $244 per unregistered animal.
In addition, any animal that has not been previously registered with Council within the previous 12 months must under state legislation be micro-chipped. The RSPCA Shelter in Langslow Street, Castlemaine offer a microchipping service for $30 per animal and bookings can be made through the shelter on 5472 5277.
For more information, please contact Council on 5471 1700.

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