Is your cat or dog registered on the NSW Pet Registry? As a requirement of the NSW Companion Animals Act all dogs and cats over six months in age must be registered. Shoalhaven City Council will be issuing reminder registration notices to local pet owners who have a dog or cat that is older than six months of age and not lifetime registered.
Microchipping and registration is a two-part process which enables dogs and cats to be recorded on the NSW Companion Animals Register or the new NSW Pet Registry which replaced the Companion Animals Register.
Registering is easily completed online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. You can update your address and contact details, claim an existing pet, change ownership of your pet and pay lifetime registration fees online. However, if help is needed to register your pet please contact or visit Shoalhaven City Council. The register is administered by all NSW councils on behalf of the State Government.
Council’s Unit Manager for Ranger Services, Michael Jarman said, “It is a requirement that all dogs and cats are identified with a microchip by 12 weeks of age or prior to the animal being sold or given away (whichever occurs first).”
“Pet owners should be aware that their cat or dog needs to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age and then also registered at six months. A penalty notice can be issued for failing to register your animal or for failing to notify Council when your details have changed. This includes updating details if the animal changes address, changes ownership, goes missing or dies.”
If a pet or pet owner’s circumstances change, information must be provided in writing to Council within:
- Fourteen 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
- Twenty-eight days of the dog or cat dying
- Four days of the dog or cat going missing
Lifetime registration in NSW is a one-off payment and can be completed at Council’s administration offices in Nowra and Ulladulla.
The fee schedule for NSW lifetime registration is:
- Un-desexed dog/cat $201
- Desexed dog/cat $55
- Animal not desexed under 6 months of age* $55
- Desexed dog/cat sold by eligible shelter not owned by Pensioner $27.50
- Desexed dog/cat owned by a pensioner $23
- Dog/cat owned by a recognised breeder $55
- Dog/cat owned as an Assistance Animal FREE
*Enables pet owners intending to have their cat or dog desexed to acces the discounted registration fee. The pet must be desexed and the Pet Registry updated before the pet reaches 6 months of age. If desexing does not occur, then the additional fee of $146 applies. Where the pet is not desexed or the additional fee not paid, the registration is cancelled and penalties may apply.
Residents can visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership to view information on pet ownership and to download forms to update change of ownership and other details.
For more information on lifetime registration, contact Council’s Ranger Services on (02) 4429 3433.