One of the dogs at Rarotonga’s SPCA Animal Shelter. Photo: CI NEWS/21060109
Why does everything important require registration? Te Are Manu Vet Clinic medical director Dr Michael Baer explains.
Everything I have ever done that was important has required me to be registered. I had to register with the bank to open an account. I had to register with the electoral office to vote. I had to register with the Vet Surgeons Board of Queensland and the Vet Council in New Zealand to be able to work. I had to register as a driver and register my car to be able to use it on the road. And I had to register my dogs.
everything important require registration? I think it is because of the
standards society places on privileges that could interfere with other citizens.
You know when you
get in a car that other road users are trained drivers and are in vehicles that
meet certain standards. And you know that registered dogs have met certain
standards – their owners have had the dog desexed, and the owner has accepted
that if the dog interferes with other people, the owner can be found. So, the
owner has accepted the responsibility to train, feed, and care for the dog, to
protect other citizens. Registration offers protection for society when a privilege
is given to a citizen. It is important to encourage others to accept the
responsibilities that come from that privilege.
Privilege is the
reward for all that responsibility. The privilege to vote and decide the
future, to drive and not to walk, to earn a living as a vet, or doctor, or
builder – and the privilege to own a dog.
Dog ownership is a
wonderful experience. Like no other animal, dogs become members of the family.
They protect the home. They protect the people. They offer companionship, care,
attention and unquestioning loyalty and devotion. But they also do some things they shouldn’t,
like wander away with strangers and get lost. That is another important aspect
of registration – the benefits.
Benefits like the
ability to track stolen vehicles and return them to the owner. Or to rehome lost dogs. The Cook Island
Microchip database is being expanded to include registration and medical
information. This will be a subject of this column in the future.
always has a process, and registering your dog is no different.
Step 1 – Have your
dog desexed and microchipped. This is easy, simply ring Te Are Manu on 27719 to
make a booking, or bring your dog to one of our Puna Desexing clinics.
Step 2 – Take your
desexing certificate to the police station in Avarua.
Step 3 – Pay your
fee – a one off payment of $50 for males and $60 for females.
Step 4 – Place the
registration disc on your dog’s collar.