Why should I register my pet?
If your pet should stray or become lost, our Office can check the registration number, find your address and advise you that your pet has been found.
Impoundment fees are expensive and continue to increase the longer your animal is in the pound. For example, an unregistered dog that has not been desexed (and that you do not want to have desexed) will cost $400 to have released from the pound.
Registering your animals shows that you are a responsible pet owner and care for the welfare of the community. It is also a safeguard for your pet so it can be returned if it becomes lost. In addition, your registration fees help provide important services within the area such as animal control and community education about responsible pet ownership. Registration can also help control the population of dogs and cats in the shire, as a reduced registration fee is offered for desexed pets.
My pet always wears a tag and/or a collar—why do I need to microchip it as well?
Collars and tags can become lost, damaged or be removed. A microchip is a permanent implant that will remain in the animal its entire life. By simply scanning your pet, obtaining the microchip number and searching it on a national database, all your details will be displayed and you can be quickly contacted to recover your valuable pet. You are able to microchip your pet at your local vet surgery.
Once registered, you will receive a registration number and tag. The tag must be worn by the animal at all times. This tag will assist the return of your pet in the event that it becomes lost.
When Should I Register my Dog?
Dogs must be registered within 14 days of…
- The dog becoming three months of age.
- Obtaining your dog (if the dog is older than three months of age).
- Of moving into the Balonne Shire Council.
- Of the date of expiry of the previous registration.
Registration can be arranged from your local council office situated in St George.
Subsidised Pet Microchipping and Registration Clinic
Council regularly hosts subsidised microchipping and registration clinics in St George and Dirranbandi.
Eligible dogs must be:
- fully vaccinated
- or at least 1 year old if they haven’t been vaccinated before
- or had a vaccination over 3 months of age
A dog younger than 1 year old which hasn’t been vaccinated is not eligible.
There are limited numbers so get in early to book. Payment for the microchipping and registration is $25 and is due at the time of booking.
For more information contact Council on (07) 4620 8888.
New Dog Breeding Laws
The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding. The legislation came into effect on 26 May 2017 and applies only to dogs born on or after this date.
The laws require all persons giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs or puppies to have a Supply Number that identifies the registered Breeder of that dog.
Supply Numbers can be obtained by registering on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register. Alternatively, a Supply Number may also be a membership or permit number from an organisation or local government that accredits dog breeders – and that has been approved by the Minister as an “approved entity”.
How it will help
The legislation has been developed because many Queenslanders are concerned about the welfare of dogs and puppies sold and supplied in Queensland.
Registered dog breeders will receive a Supply Number, which must be included with the dog’s microchip details and displayed when the dog is advertised, sold or given away.
This will allow puppies to be traced back to their breeder.
Primary producers that breed working dogs do not have to register as breeders, as long as they supply all of the dogs they breed to other primary producers as working dogs. However, primary producers must register as a breeder if they supply any dogs for purposes other than as working dogs.
Interstate and overseas breeders only need a Supply Number when the transaction occurs in Queensland. If the transaction occurs outside our borders and the dog is transported to Queensland afterwards, the Queensland legislation does not apply.
When does the law commence?
The legislation commenced on 26 May 2017.