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Council reminding local residents on need to register and microchip pets

Shoalhaven City Council will soon be issuing notices to local pet owners in possession of a dog or cat that is older than six months of age and not lifetime registered.


It is a requirement of the NSW Companion Animals Act that all dogs and cats over six months in age be registered.


Mayor, Joanna Gash said it was also a requirement that all dogs and cats were identified with a microchip from 12 weeks of age or prior to the animal being sold or given away (whichever occurs first).


“It is a legal requirement and of vital importance that all cats and dogs living within the Shoalhaven are both microchipped and lifetime registered,” said Clr Gash.


“Lifetime registration within NSW is a one-off payment and can be completed at both of Council’s Nowra and Ulladulla administration offices.


“Pet owners should be aware that their cat or dog needs to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age and then also registered within six months.”


“A penalty notice may be issued for failing to register your animal or for failing to notify Council if your details have changed”.


“This includes updating details if the animal changes address, ownership, goes missing or dies.”


Microchipping and registration is a two-part process which enables dogs and cats to be recorded on the NSW Companion Animals Register.


This is a state-wide register which is administered by all NSW local Councils on behalf of the state government.


If a pet or pet owner’s circumstances change, that information must be provided in writing to Council within -


  • 14 days of any change to the registration details, that is, if a pet owner moves or changes phone numbers or a dog or cat is adopted by someone else,

  • 28 days of the dog or cat dying

  • Four days of the dog or cat going missing

  • Seven days of the dog being declared dangerous or revoking a dangerous dog declaration.


    Fee schedule for NSW lifetime registration:


  • Un-desexed dog / cat $188

  • Desexed dog / cat $51

  • Desexed dog / cat owned by a pensioner $20

  • Dog / cat owned by a recognised breeder $51

  • Dog / cat owned as an Assistance Animal FREE


    Residents can visit to view information and download forms on the pet ownership page – change of ownership and other details.


    For more information on lifetime registration, contact Council’s Ranger Services on (02) 4429 3433.

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