Animal experts say pets have become used to having their families around them and many will experience separation anxiety, leading to an increased number of escape attempts.
While returning home to find a beloved pet is missing is always heartbreaking, the chances of having them returned can be dramatically increased by lodging a simple form with your local council.
Records of registered dogs and cats, including microchip details and tag numbers, are kept in secure online files at all local councils, making it easy for stray animals to be returned to their owners.
Registrations are due this weekend and the cities of Geelong and Wyndham are urging pet parents to keep their fur babies as safe as possible by renewing before Saturday’s expiration date.
Victorian law requires all pets to be registered after the age of three months, renewed annually through local municipalities.
Wyndham mayor Adele Hegedich said many people believed their furry friends were automatically registered once they were micro-chipped, however this was incorrect.
“Registering your pet with Council is as simple as filling out an application online or a form at one of our Council-run centres and paying the annual fee,” she said.
“If it is your first time registering your pet, Wyndham offers free registration for the period up to the following April.”
Pictured: Geelong Broadcaster’s News Director Rob McLennan’s best mate Anzac celebrates his registration renewal with a pup-friendly Easter treat (self-indulgent image supplied)