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Improved Pet Registry

The NSW Pet Registry website was launched in July 2016 as part of the Government’s commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improved animal welfare outcomes.

The Registry allows pet owners to register cats and dogs, update their contact details, report missing pets, transfer ownership and pay lifetime registration fees all from a computer or mobile device.

As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to enhance digital pet registration, an improved NSW Pet Registry has been launched.

Public users of the Registry will notice the website has a fresh look, enhanced navigation and a range of great new features.

The upgraded website makes it easier to register pets, return lost animals to their owners and improve animal welfare outcomes in line with recent changes to Companion Animals legislation.


At a glance the new Registry features include:

  1. Create/add a litter – Allows pet breeders to create a litter and add offspring, making it easier for vets and authorised identifiers to update new animal records with microchip numbers.
  2. Lost and found – If the microchip number of a lost cat or dog is known, a member of the public can use the NSW Pet Registry to send a secure message to the pet owner with their contact details alerting them that they have found their cat or dog.
  3. Upload a photo of your pet – This feature enables pet owners and pet breeders to include a photo of their cat or dog on the Pet Profile page to help identify and return the animal should it become lost.
  4. Search function – Prospective pet owners can use a microchip, breeder identification or rehoming body number to access important information before they commit to buying a cat or dog. This includes breed, age, gender and whether or not the animal is de-sexed.  


These improvements are the next phase in the NSW Government’s staged upgrade to the Companion Animals Register as part of its commitment to responsible pet ownership.

We will continue to improve the Registry for all users and streamline and modernise the digital pet registration process including future links with other Government platforms.

See our video and factsheet below for further details about the improved NSW Pet Registry.


For further information please contact the NSW Pet Registry team on 1300 134 460 or email


Animal Welfare legislation changes

The NSW Government has undertaken significant consultation on animal welfare over the past few years. It understands the importance of pet dogs and cats to the community and shares the community’s concern to ensure that animals are well looked after throughout their lives. The NSW Government is committed to ensuring pet ownership remains an enjoyable experience while ensuring that pet owners and breeders take responsibility for the welfare and safety of pets. This is what the community expects.

The Government is making it easier and simpler for pet owners and breeders to do the right thing but also making sure we have robust laws, and the means to enforce them, where breeders and owners do the wrong thing.

Under the Companion Animals Act, this means supporting pet owners to micro-chip, register and de-sex their pet at an early age. These key steps are what makes sure that lost pets get home safely, that pets stay healthy and well looked after and that unwanted pets are not surrendered to shelters or become strays. They also help ensure that the infrastructure to support responsible ownership, whether it be the council rangers, off-leash parks, or council shelters, is in place and is properly resourced.


The Companion Animals and Other Legislation Amendment Act became law on 6 June 2018. The Act amends the Companion Animals Act 1998 (CA Act) and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA) and is the first step in the NSW Animal Welfare Action Plan.  The Act will enable the Government to implement its response to the Joint Select Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices in NSW

That committee held three public hearings receiving evidence from 42 witnesses as well as 344 written submissions, a petition containing 3000 signatories and more than 2,200 emails and letters. The Act also responds to community feedback received in late 2017 through the review of the Companion Animals Regulation 2008



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