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The Paw Print

Our quarterly Paw Print newsletter for dog owners.

Subscribe to Paw Print, our quarterly newsletter for dog owners. Every season we’ll be sharing dog owner related information, stories and news to help keep you informed.

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Paw Print newsletter - Winter 2020

Kia ora, welcome to our first edition of Paw Print for 2020.

It is now time to replace your yellow dog tag with this year's new coloured tag, which is blue! Pay before 31 July and we'll apply our early bird rate to your dog registration and you'll save $43.

Dog registration 2020/2021

Dog registrations expire on 30 June each year. When you receive your registration form, please check the details to ensure they are correct.

If you need to make changes:

  1. Visit the "Pay dog registration online" page and then work through Steps 1 to 3.
  2. Your customer and dog number will be found on the registration form.
  3. Make the necessary changes.
  4. Go to the dog registration panel and register.

Please note, although your dog registration expires on 30 June 2020, we will apply the early bird registration rate up until 31 July 2020. 

From 1 August 2020 registration fees increase to $130.00. Given that, we do understand that for some owners COVID-19 may have made it financially difficult to pay fees. If you are struggling, contact us before 31 July 2020 on (07) 577 7000 or email info@tauranga.govt.nz and request for an extension of time to pay. Once approved, you will be given an extra period of time to pay and still receive the early bird rate.

Please note, that during this period where you are approved for an extension of time to pay, your dog will be unregistered and treated as such, if it misbehaves. 

Introducing Microchip Mondays

Did you know that it is a requirement by law to have your dog microchipped?

We all love our dogs which is why it's important to make sure that if your furry friend is ever lost, it can be returned to you as soon as possible. To help owners with their obligations, we are now offering a microchipping service at Tauranga City Council Dog Pound on Mondays.

Call (07) 577 7000 to arrange your appointment. Microchipping your furry friend will cost $22.00. 

Tessa's tips

Keep your dog on a lead in shared spaces
When walking your dog, it’s important to keep it on a lead. Even if your dog is not aggressive, you don’t know what other dogs may be like and many people don’t want an unknown dog running up to them.

Pick up their poop
Also when out walking your dog, please remember to take a bag with you to collect any mess your dog makes. Many of our reserves and parks have rubbish bins. Please use them to dispose of their waste. We also have poop bag dispensaries in some of these places around the city. If you see dispensaries running low or if they have run out let us know and we will refill them. Email info@tauranga.govt.nz.

Upcoming events

Pet and animal expo

Set aside 3 - 4 October to visit the Trustpower Baypark Arena for an informative and fun day out. You will get the chance to check out the latest range of pet and animal services and products available on the market. Tauranga City Council Animal Services staff will be available both days to help with any questions you may have.

To purchase tickets or find out more visit the event website.

Tauranga Twilight Walks

Tauranga Twilight Walks are a series of leisurely evening walks with your dog in our parks and reserves around Tauranga with Animal Services staff.

Walks will start at 6.30pm. Arrive at 6.00pm and bring your picnic tea and socialise with other likeminded dog owners before the walk.

  • 12 November, meet at Matatu Reserve, The Lakes
  • 19 November, Fergusson Park/Kulim Park
  • 26 November, Fashion Island, Papamoa
  • 3 December, Ohauiti Reserve


We need a name for our adoption dog page. Get creative and come up with a catchy name. To enter, email your entry to pounddogadoptions@tauranga.govt.nz

Entries close 1 July 2020. The winner will receive a doggy goody pack and one year's free dog registration. 

Interesting facts...

In 2019, Tauranga City Council's Animal Services team adopted:

  • 33 dogs
  • Two goats
  • One pig
  • One turkey
  • We refilled our doggy poop bins with approximately 600,000 bags; now that 's a lot of poop!

So far in 2020:

  • 16 dogs have found their paw-some new homes
  • In March this year we exceeded 14,000 dogs on the city dog register for the first time. Despite this, reported attacks by dogs and complaints about roaming and barking dogs are reducing.

Free education programmes

Animal Services staff provide free education presentations to schools to teach children how to act around dogs. Children learn to ask before they pat, how to pat a dog and what to do if confronted by an aggressive dog. Prevention is always better than the cure, if we can prevent one child being bitten then that is a win for us.

We also visit workplaces when requested to talk to workers such as community nurses and meter readers who are likely to encounter dogs during their day. They learn what to do when arriving at a property and how to behave if confronted by an aggressive dog. 

Do you work with children? Run a community group? Have front-line employees out in the community everyday? Take the opportunity to book one of our free Dog Safety and Bite Prevention Programmes.  

For more information call us on (07) 577 7000 or send your enquiry to info@tauranga.govt.nz

Useful links

Animal services
Educational resources
Dog registrations
Lost and found dogs

Previous editions

Welcome to the first issue of The Paw Print, our quarterly newsletter for dog owners.

Every season we'll be sharing dog owner related information, stories, and news to help keep you informed. If you there is a topic you think we should cover, let us know.

You'll also notice Tessa our pup, throughout this newsletter. She'll be sharing dog owner tips, tricks and special offers with you as well.

Why do I have to pay a dog registration?

One of the oldest pieces of legislation in New Zealand, dog registrations were first introduced as a legal requirement in 1880 by the central government.

Registering your dog with your local council means your beloved pet is registered on the National Dog Database and can be returned if it is found roaming, has escaped or been stolen. This is why it’s also important that you register your dog by the time it’s three-months-old and keep your address and phone number up to date, especially if you recently moved. Updating your details is easy and you can do it online right now.

Where does my registration money go?

All funds collected through dog registrations go back into the community through our dog control programme. With over 13,000 registered dogs in Tauranga, your fees help us respond to nearly 5000 complaints a year, around 700 dogs to their owners or find them new homes.

Your fees also help us maintain our animal shelter where we care for dogs once they have been impounded. It is here we manage the rehoming of unclaimed dogs and make sure they get the attention they need before finding their forever homes.

We also use registration fees to deliver our education program and dog-related events across Tauranga. Our team visit schools, teaching children how to interact with dogs and avoid being bitten. We also run workplace education for groups such as postal service staff, district nurses to help give them the confidence to deal with dogs while working. 

Finally, your fees also pay for the installation and maintenance of poo bag dispensers too.

Make sure your dog is microchipped

If your dog is ever lost, microchipping is the best way to guarantee it can be returned to you when found. How it works is simple, each chip gives a dog a unique number that can be scanned to identify the owner. These numbers are kept on two databases, there’s the National Dog Database (NDD) that is used by councils, and there is also the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR) which is used by vets and the SPCA. It’s important that you make sure your dog is recorded on both.

Microchipping does not hurt your dog either. The chip is no bigger than a grain of rice and sits just under the dog’s skin, most dogs don’t even know they’ve been chipped. Also, it doesn’t have any electrical components or battery, so the chip doesn’t give off any magnetic or electric fields.

It works too! We had a dog end up at our shelter and when we scanned the tag, it said the dog had been stolen from Fielding three years ago. We phoned the original owners and they were excited to be reunited with their pet. The dog was also extremely happy to see its real owners too. This would never have happened without the microchip.

For more information about microchipping or how to get in touch to make sure your dog is on our database read our flyer below:

Microchipping flyer (405kb pdf)

Changes to bylaw

Earlier this year, council reviewed its dog management bylaw, and after receiving feedback from the public they made the following changes:

  • All menacing dogs are to be neutered. Council has some Government funding to support this, so the first in will get receive neutering for free.
  • All adopted dogs are to be neutered before release.
  • no dogs allowed at Pilot Bay, Mount Main Beach, Mauao, in front of Omanu and Papamoa Surf clubs, within 10 metres of a playground or between flagged lifeguard areas.
  • leash control areas have been modified to add new leash control areas by Omanu and Papamoa surf club car parks, as well as adjacent to Moturiki Island.
  • Introduced a limit on the number of dogs an individual can exercise at one time.

If you would like to read the full bylaw you can find it below:

Dog Management Bylaw 2018 (3.7mb pdf)

Tessa’s tips

If a dog is on its own, leave it alone
Recently we have had several incidents of people getting bitten when they have walked up to pat dogs tied up outside local cafés.  Dogs may look friendly in such situations but remember if they are tied up they have no option to walk away if they feel scared.  You may have the best intentions but to be safe, if a dog is on its own, leave it alone.

Keep your dog warm this winter
Dogs can feel the cold just like we do. So if yours is outside over winter, make sure their kennel is warm, dry and protecting them from the weather. 

Keep your dog on a lead in shared spaces
When walking your dog, it’s important to keep it on a lead. Even if your dog is not aggressive, you don’t know what other dogs may be like and many people don’t want an unknown dog running up to them.

Dogs for adoption

Although impound rates have significantly dropped over the years, we still get some beautiful dogs looking for their forever homes. All dogs undergo temperament testing to ensure it is socialised with both people other dogs prior to adoption.

All dogs adopted are registered, microchipped and neutered.

Read more about the dogs looking for their forever homes

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