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Pet registration

Only cats and dogs need to be registered with Council. Limits may apply to the numbers of other pets that can be kept such as rabbits, birds, guinea pigs but they don’t need individual Council registration under the Domestic Animals Act like cats and dogs do.

You must register your dogs and cats that are aged over 3 months of age with your local council. Registration ensures that missing pets can be returned to their owner as soon as possible. Each year pet registration must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, we are offering a four-week extension until Sunday 10 May 2020 for animal registration payments. Please follow the instructions on your registration notice to make payment.

Your dogs and cats must be microchipped before we can accept a new animal registration. Microchipping is available from all local vets.

If you fail to register your dog or cat you can be fined.

How to register your pet

To register your pet:

Registration fees

Council’s fees are designed to encourage responsible pet ownership. Significant discounts are available for cats and dogs that are desexed or obedience trained.

From Friday 31 January 2020 Council is accepting animal registrations for the year ending 10 April 2021.

Approved dog obedience training

Obedience certificates are only accepted from the approved dog obedience training organisations listed below. These groups have been certified by the Victorian Government, and some of these groups may operate outside of Victoria. If you have a training certificate from an interstate organisation, you may be able to have your dog tested by one of the approved Victorian groups to obtain the appropriate certificate.

You are entitled to a discounted registration fee if your dog has attended obedience training with a qualified trainer from:

  • DOGS Victoria
  • Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers Inc.
  • The Gentle Dog Trainers Association
  • Four Paws K9 Training.

For more information on criteria to receive a reduced fee see the Registration Discounts FAQ sheet below.

Changing your address

Please let us know if you have moved to another address so that our records are current for your pets. This will help us to return them home if they are found wandering.

Update your contact details online or complete a form in person at any of our Library and Customer Service Centres.

Transfer ownership of a dog or cat

If you have sold or given away a dog or cat that is registered with Council, you will need to inform us of the change of ownership. The new owner is also required to complete the Domestic Animals Registration Form below.

To transfer ownership of a dog or cat:

  • complete the Change of Ownership Form (download below)
  • complete the Animal Registration Form (new owner)
  • return to Mitchell Shire Council

Note: This does not change the microchip details of the animal.

Cancelling a registration

To cancel your dog or cat registration in the event of the death of a pet, you can call Mitchell Shire Council's Local Laws team on (03) 5734 6200. Alternatively, you can email us with the details of the registration, and we will cancel your pet's registration.

Infringements for domestic animal offence

You may be issued an infringement if:

  • you fail to register your dog or cat
  • your dog is found wandering at large or not confined to your property

If your dog or cat is not registered and goes missing it may have been been impounded. You need to call the Local Laws Department and enquire if your pet has been impounded. You can also search on Council’s Animals of Mitchell Shire Facebook page.

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This page was last updated on 11 August 2020.