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Responsible pet ownership and council's role

Councils play a significant role in promoting and overseeing responsible ownership of dogs and cats in their local area.

Click on the downloads to the right for resources aimed at supporting councils fulfil their responsibilities under the Companion Animals Act and Regulation.

For Council Circulars relating to Companion Animals, see the publications section of this website.

Click here for more information about responsible pet ownership - including information for pet owners, for the community and for professionals.


Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program for councils to deliver targeted microchipping, registration and desexing programs.

The NSW Government has committed $900,000 over 3 years to the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program (2014-15 through to 2016-17).

The grants program is seeking to fund responsible pet ownership projects with a focus on innovation and collaboration. Projects should provide opportunities to promote better practice in responsible pet ownership, involve demonstrated collaboration between councils and other agencies and include a co-contribution from applicant councils and may include a co-contribution from partners to the overall cost of the project.


Applications for Year 3 of funding have now closed. To view details of the application process click on the link to the Guidelines below.
·       Responsible Pet Ownership Grants Program (Year 3) -Guidelines



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