Another election promise was achieved last week allowing cats and dogs from council pounds and shelters to be registered at half-price. Sadly, close to 30,000 cats and dogs that arrive at pounds are euthanized each year, so it’s hoped that the reduced pet registration fees will encourage pet seekers to adopt a homeless animal.
As anyone with a pet would know, they make great companions. Pets are also known to positively influence an owner’s health, particularly those suffering from a mental illness. The reduced registration fee aims to encourage the responsible ownership of pets. RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman is hoping the initiative will raise adoption rates in the state:
“Halving the cost of registrations for adopted animals will see a number of benefits. For one, it increases adoption incentives, which is always great news for animals in our shelters. Secondly, it makes reuniting lost animals with their families that much easier and it also promotes responsible pet ownership.”
For more information on responsible ownership for dogs and cats, visit the Office of Local Government website.