Posted on October 26, 2017
Registering your pets is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Just ask Bayswater resident Leah Botten who arrived home from work recently to find the family pet had escaped.
"It was 6.30 at night and pitch dark outside. I arrived home with my two little ones and got the fright of my life when I realised Jenna, our pet Staffy cross Kelpie, had escaped on account of the storm," Leah said.
"I called the City of Bayswater Rangers straight away. Luckily the City's Ranger Service operates 24 hours a day. The Ranger I spoke with was extremely helpful. She asked for photos of Jenna and emailed them to the Rangers in the field so they could keep a look out. She also provided useful information about social media sites that deal with lost pets. I was heartened by the groundswell of support from the community. I had residents on the lookout at local parks during their morning walks and messaging me with places to look."
After two weeks Jenna was spotted by a kayaker in Riverside Gardens. City Rangers were called and managed to secure the much loved pet and return her home safely.
"The service I received from the City was first class. They showed genuine empathy for my situation. Rangers called me many times throughout the whole ordeal. As Jenna was registered and microchipped they brought her straight home and I didn't have to pay anything," Leah added.
"I would encourage anyone who hasn't got around to registering their cat or dog with the City to do so."
Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the City's Rangers regularly pick up lost or abandoned pets.
"It happens more than you would think," Mayor McKenna said.
"The City is one of only a few local governments that offer a 'round the clock' Rangers service.
"Pets are members of the family and I would urge residents to keep them safe by microchipping and registering them.
"It's a small price to pay for peace of mind.
"In accordance with the Dog Act 1976 and Cat Act 2011 all dogs (over three months old) and cats (over six months old) must be registered.
"If pets are microchipped and registered our Rangers can easily locate their owners and return them home safely.
"Aside from the stress of losing a pet, owners of unregistered pets can face hefty fines. For example the owner of an unregistered dog picked up by City Rangers could face a $200 fine for breaching the Dog Act on top of $140 in impound fees. Then be required to pay the dog registration fee.
"With annual renewals coming up this month now is the time to register your cat or dog."
Registration fees range from $20 a year to $100 for a lifetime for a sterilised dog and $50 a year to $250 for a lifetime for an unsterilised dog.
Cats kept in the City must be sterilised, with registration fees ranging from $20 a year to $100 for a lifetime.
Pets can be registered for one year, three years or a lifetime.
For more information visit the City's website at www.bayswater.wa.gov.au