If going away, ensure your pet will be ok

Released 24/03/2016

With the Easter and holiday period nearly here, Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is reminding pet owners to ensure that animals will not be left alone at home.

“Having a pet is a rewarding experience but when they are left alone they can get lonely and bored,” Eva Cawthorne, Manager for Ranger Services said today.

“Easter is a time where many dogs find their way to the DAS shelter at Symonston. If owners are not going to be home, please arrange for responsible and reliable care for your furry friend.

“Friends or relatives may be able to care for them for a period or even consider one of the many boarding kennels in the area to keep your dog active if their regular routine is going to be disrupted.

“It is also a good idea to check surrounding fences and gates at home so dogs remain safe and do not roam the streets. Having shelter and water in the yard is also important as well access to toys and exercise space.

“It is also important for your dog’s registration details to be up-to-date in case they escape and are found by our rangers. Your dog’s registration tag is their ticket home and greatly assists our rangers to reunite you with your pet as soon as possible.”

Ms Cawthorne also suggested the holiday period could be a chance to take dogs out to the many off leash and on leash dog areas around Canberra.

“Canberra is renowned for being a dog friendly city. If owners are not going away, the holidays could provide an opportunity to take their dog to the many areas around Canberra for exercise and play time.

“Remember also to take a doggy bag with you to pick up after your pooch. An on the spot $50 fine can be issued to people who fail to pick up after their dog or fail to carry equipment to allow them to do so,” Ms Cawthorne said.

Proposed changes to the Animal Welfare Act, if passed will better protect the welfare, safety and health of animals in the ACT. Under the proposed changes, a person in charge of an animal will have a duty to care for it. This includes the basic responsibility to provide food, water and shelter; treatment for illness or injury; and to allow animals to display normal patterns of behaviour.

For more information on the responsible ownership of cats and dogs, dog exercise area maps or to view details of lost and found pets, visit the TAMS website at www.tams.act.gov.au

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