It's time to register your dog for 2017/18 and make sure they're wearing a red tag by 1 July. On June 30 all dog registrations for the 2016/17 year will expire.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council animal team leader Alison Curtis says dog owners should have received their reminder in the post or by email, with everything they need to know about the registration process. Make sure you get your dog(s) registered in time to avoid paying a late fee, she says.
The Dog Control Act requires all dogs three months and older to be registered with their local council. Council keeps a record of all registered dogs are is able to play a significant part in helping lost or stolen animals be reunited with their owners.
Council's animal services team has a big job keeping the community safe around dogs and ensuring dogs are well looked after. Their work includes responding to complaints about dogs and stock, monitoring the behaviour of dogs in the community, educating dog owners and the wider public, and much more.
"We also run a very successful and growing adoption programme which helps us to foster and rehome unwanted dogs who deserve a second chance at life," says Alison. "The feedback from this has been amazing."
Council also works to provide engaging events for dogs and their owners – such as the recent Summer Dog Walk Series and Dogs in Togs event – led by their 'spokesdog' Alfie the Jack Russell.