Christchurch dog owners will have an extra month to pay their dog registration fees this year.
Residents with responsible dog owner status normally have to pay their discounted dog registration fees by the end of June but the Christchurch City Council has extended the payment deadline until 31 July.
Other dog owners have also been given a payment extension, until 31 August.
“We know it’s been a challenging few months for people so we want to give them some extra time to pay their dog registration fees,’’ says Council Animal Services Manager Mark Vincent.
Dog registration forms are being sent out this week. If dog owners do not receive a form by Friday 19 June, they should contact the Council on 03 941-8999.
“It is really important to register your dog because if it goes missing or runs away and we find it, we have an accurate record of who the dog belongs to and where it lives,’’ Mr Vincent says.
Christchurch is home to more than 38,000 dogs.
Dog registration fees help pay for dog bite prevention education programmes, dog parks, free dog microchipping and other animal management services throughout the city.