Pet owners urged to update details

Published on Friday 20 July, 2018

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City of Gosnells Rangers have called on pet owners to check their contact details are up to date.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said Rangers often struggled to find owners of lost dogs and cats because the contact information on their microchip database and the City’s records was out of date.

“When Rangers find a lost dog, the first step they take is to check its microchip and registration details so that they can return the dog to its home as quickly as possible,” he said.

“But Rangers are regularly unable to locate the owners of lost dogs, which causes additional stress to animals as they wait longer in the pound than necessary.

“This is a simple problem to avoid – whenever you change your phone number or move home, remember to change your details with the City and your microchip company, just like you would for your phone company or driver’s licence.

“Similarly, if your dog is re-homed with another person, or you take in a dog from a previous owner, these details also need to be provided to the City and your microchip database provider.”

Mayor Dewhurst said the City strongly encouraged responsible pet ownership among residents.

“There’s more to owning a pet than simply remembering to feed it regularly,” he said.

“We want pet owners in the City of Gosnells to think carefully about their pets’ needs and how they can best meet those needs, including regular exercise, mental stimulation, secure fencing and up-to-date registration.”

For information on responsible pet ownership and dog and cat registration, visit the City’s website www.gosnells.wa.gov.au or call 9397 3000.