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In a move to encourage people to de-sex their animals and reduce the number
of unwanted litters, Council recently adopted a change to its animal
registration incentives. The change has also been designed to reduce the
number of animals being euthanised in Ballarat each year.
From Saturday 10 April this year to Saturday 9 April 2011, residents can
receive free animal registration for de-sexed and micro-chipped dogs and cats
up to the age of six months. People who adopt a dog or cat from the RSPCA
in Ballarat will also receive free registration for de-sexed and micro-chipped
animals regardless of age.
These changes are expected to encourage people to de-sex their animals
before the age of six months and to consider adopting a dog or cat from the
Council first introduced free registration for dogs and cats which had been
micro-chipped and de-sexed when it adopted its Domestic Animal
Management Plan (DAMP) in September 2008.
In the incentive's first year of operation, 2,309 new registrations (approx 48%)
were processed by Council at no charge. Sixty per cent of the free registrations
were dogs and forty per cent were cats. Of the animals that received free
registration, 1,500 were aged one year or older.
• Pensioners receive a further 50% reduction off the applicable
• Dogs and cats over the age of three months are required by law to
• Dogs and cats must be micro-chipped when registered for the first time,
and are eligible for the standard reduced fee.
• The standard reduced registration fees for 2009/10 are $28 for dogs
and $24 for cats.
• The registration year runs from 10 April to 9 April of the following year.
Did you know that Council provides a vaccine delivery and administration
service to all local businesses and organisations between March and
The vaccine costs $20, but if you are 65 years of age or older it's free. The
influenza vaccine lasts for a year, and this year will have the Swine Flu
(H1N1) component included. The service also offers vaccinations for
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Meningococcal C, Boostrix and Chicken Pox.
Council runs an extensive immunisation service catering for both children
and adults with experienced nurses providing immunisations at various
venues throughout Ballarat.
Children and adults can be immunised at the Council's Phoenix Building
by appointment or attend the Eastwood Clinic/Girrabanya every first and
third Wednesday of the month between 4 - 5.15pm. Alternatively, children
can be immunised at their local Maternal and Child Health Centre as part
of the Key Ages and Stages visit.
School children can be vaccinated through Council's School
Immunisation Program with Council's nurses conducting vaccination
sessions at local schools.
For more information about Council's Immunisation Service phone
5320 5850 or visit Council's website www.ballarat.vic.gov.au under
Family and Children and Immunisation.
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