Cape Town reminds residents to register pets

Cape Town has appealed to pet owners to register all dogs and cats kept on their property, in line with the city’s Animal Bylaw 2010.

Pet owners can register either online or manually, and the number of pets allowed depends on the size of the property. For a flat / duplex: two dogs / four cats; a house less than 600 sqm: three dogs / four cats; a house more than 600 sqm: four dogs/four cats; on agricultural land: six dogs / six cats.

All new pets must be registered within four months of the pet's birth or within 30 days of acquiring a pet on a property.

Should owners wish to keep more than the maximum prescribed number of pets on their property, they are obliged to apply for a specific permit by 30 August 2012.

Electronic forms can be downloaded from the pet registration section under "Campaigns and Programmes" on the city's website www.capetown.gov.za or requested from: lawenforcement@capetown.gov.za. Printed forms can be obtained from any city police station or public library.

Completed forms can be submitted electronically or at the office from which the form was obtained, and there is no charge for registering pets.