Register your dog today and be in to win
It’s dog registration time, and this year there’s a chance for your dog to be in to win.
All dog owners in the Western Bay who register their furry friend with us before Friday 30 June will be in to win free registration next year.
You can register your dog online, or at one of our library and service centres and we’ll do the rest.
Then you can rest easy for a year while your dog dons the latest accessory in doggy fashion, a fetching yellow registration tag.
To register your dog,
- Go online and have your tag delivered in four weeks - westernbay.govt.nz/dog-registration
- Visit us in person and get a new tag on the spot - westernbay.govt.nz/service-centres
Why is registration important
Council’s Animal Services Team leader Peter Hrstich says that like so many other things at the moment, dog registration fees have gone up. And you might be wondering why it's so important to register your dog every year.
“Dog registration fees have gone up to cover the increased running costs of the services we provide. It’s a sad inevitability in the world we’re living in right now. But it’s important to remember that dog registration pays for a lot of crucial doggy services.
“For example, registering your dog could help to save its life. In an emergency our team can use registration information to identify dogs may have been stranded in an evacuation and get them home to their owners.”
In the last year your registration helped pay for these services:
- Investigating over 1000 complaints
- Rehoming 29 dogs through our adoption programme
- Running 2 dog shelters one in Te Puke and one Katikati
- Reuniting 190 dogs with their owners
- Kicking off development of our first dog exercise area at Lawrence Oliver Park in Te Puke
- Ensuring public safety by managing dangerous dogs
- Running dog owner education initiatives and events like the Wander Dogs walks and Doggy Day Out
(Numbers reported in 2022.)
Microchipping is also important and helps identify and reunite lost dogs, but it’s registration that pays for the important services that keep our community safe.
For our kurī
This year we’re helping to share the mahi of our Animal Services team by running a special series of email newsletters called, ‘For our kurī’, just for dog owners.
There will be dog training tip videos, dog treat recipes, featured dogs for adoption, behind the scenes articles with our animal shelter operators, microchip explainers, an update on the new dog exercise area coming to Lawrence Oliver Park in Te Puke and updates from precious pups who’ve gone on to find their furever homes.
Subscribe online at westernbay.govt.nz/dog-newsletter
All dogs should be registered under the Dog Control Act by the end of June each year.
All information on fees and how they apply to different dogs (de-sexed, unneutered, dangerous, working and assistance dogs etc.) is available on Council’s website. There is an increase to registration fees this year.
Existing dog owners will receive their registration information in the mail or via email this week.
Each dog owner is limited to one entry, and the prize is free registration for a maximum of two dogs at the same address.
Further terms and conditions are available at westernbay.govt.nz/dog-registration