Keep pets safe these holidays

Published: 22 Dec 2017

Pet owners are reminded to make sure their pets are easily identifiable during the Christmas – New Year break.

Acting Mayor Terry James said this was one of the busiest times of the year for reuniting lost pets with their owners.

“People are spending long days out of the house and pets are often kept in unfamiliar surroundings while their owners are away on holidays,” Cr James said.

“Then there are the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, which always trigger a spike in lost pets.”

Cr James said it was important that registration and microchip details are kept up to date.

“That provides our best chance to get pets home to their loved ones quickly,” he said.

“If you are going away and leaving your pets with someone else, make sure you provide them with the relevant microchip numbers. And, if your pets do happen to escape their temporary surroundings, make sure their carers know to check Council’s website and to contact the pound to see if they’ve been found.”

Council’s McCoombe Street pound will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It will be open for releases 2pm-2.30pm all other days, with normal hours resuming on 2 January.

To keep pets safe, particularly during fireworks, make sure they have a secure enclosure with a comfortable place they can feel safe. This may mean keeping them inside your home. Leaving the television or radio on may also help.

If leaving pets outside, check yards for possible escape routes – this may include over or under fences – make sure they have access to a comfortable, sheltered area.

To check if your pet is at Council’s pound, visit

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Last updated: 02 January 2018