Shoalhaven Animal Shelter Staff are reminding pet owners to keep their registration records up to date as this assists with returning lost animals.
From the 1st December to now more than 81 lost dogs and cats have entered the Shelter. More than 40 animals were returned to their owners over the period and 33 stray animals have found new forever homes.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said Shoalhaven residents are generally responsible pet owners and praised them for their commitment and on-going care.
“Under NSW legislation all dogs and cats must be permanently identified with a microchip and are unable to leave the animal shelter without registration and microchipping so that pets and owners can be reunited quickly,” Clr Findley said.
“The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter was expecting New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to be one of their busiest as fireworks often scare our four-legged friends. However, they only received 10 runaways and this is a pleasing result. Of these ten animals, eight of them had up to date details and were quickly reunited with their owners without charge to the customers.”
“The other two pets were collected but owners were required to register them before they were able to go home. This is in line with the NSW requirements.
“The New Year period is a great time to remember to update your dog or cats microchip information and registration details with Council. If you have recently moved to a new house make sure you let Council know.
If you are unsure if your details are correct please call the shelter 4429 3410 so your details can be checked on the NSW database.