Snapping a pic with your pooch might pay off with Hastings council running a selfie competition to raise awareness of the need to register dogs.
A council spokesperson says all entries are due in at the same time their furry friends is due to be registered – July 1 – with all selfies being entered into the draw to have their registration fee for one dog refunded.
They say to enter the selfie competition take a pic of yourself with your doggie mate or mates - wearing the new red registration tag - and post it on the HDC Facebook wall by midnight on June 30.
“Every year at this time, Council sends out letters to all known dog owners reminding them of their yearly obligation to register their dogs,” the spokesperson says.
“This year there are 12,660 known dogs in the Hastings district, owned by 8707 people.”
The council's Animal control manager Lisa Hudson said the district's dog owners are “excellent” at registering their animals by the deadline.
She said by the deadline last year 90 per cent of dogs were registered, saving their owners a $55 fine on top of their registration fee.
“This is pretty consistent over the years,” said Hudson.
“The high compliance rate means we don’t need to spend resources on chasing up great numbers of dog owners, which is a real saving.”
She said last year just on half of dog owners completed their registration online, and Council is encouraging more dog owners to try it out.
“You can pay anytime of the day; you don’t have to leave the house and there is no queuing for service,” she said.
“If you need to change things like your address details, you can do that online too.
“Paying online also gives dog owners the option of paying with their credit card, which is not possible at council reception in Lyndon Rd, Hastings, which takes cash, cheques or eftpos.”
The council spokesperson said the annual registration fees are, $110 per urban dog, $73.50 per dog under the selected owner policy and $48 for each rural and working dog.
“The funds are used to pay for the animal control service including carrying out council’s obligations under the Dog Control Act and its own dog policy and bylaws,” the spokesperson said.
“[Also for] providing an after-hours emergency service, maintaining the animal welfare shelter, managing off-lead dog walking areas and providing community education programmes.”
To register on-line or change your details see: www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/dog-registrations