NSW Pet Registry

Responsible pet owners microchip and register their dog or cat and ensure that their contact details are up to date. You can now update your contact details on the new NSW Pet Registry. If your dog or cat is lost, up to date contact details are the best way to bring your pet home.

Office of Local Government pet shoot, 18 Mar 2016.

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Microchipping & registration

Updating you pets details the NSW Pet Registry

NSW Pet Registry – Website

Responsible Pet Ownership

Responsible pet owners microchip and register their dog or cat and ensure that their contact details are up to date. You can now update your contact details on the new NSW Pet Registry. If your dog or cat is lost, up to date contact details are the best way to bring your pet home.

Office of Local Government pet shoot, 18 Mar 2016.

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Microchipping & Registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Assistance Animals

Declared Dangerous and Menacing dogs

Greyhounds

Nuisance dogs and cats

Restricted dogs

Dog Attack Reporting

Pound and Dog Attack Statistics

Education program

The NSW Government has three education programs targeting responsible pet ownership and safe pet interaction.

  1. ‘We Are Family’ – targeting the child and pet relationship from pregnancy to preschool years.
  2. ‘Living Safely with Dogs’ – targeting 4 – 5 year old pre-school children.
  3. ‘Living Safely with Pets’ – targeting 5 – 8 year old primary school children.

The programs aim to educate parents and children about how to interact safely with pets.

We are Family (www.wearefamily.nsw.gov.au)

Pet Town (www.pets.nsw.gov.au) – Victor and Victoria’s Pet Town is an animated interactive tool for children based on the programs’ safety messages. A tablet version has also been developed and is available free in App stores.

Pet Education Program – To register your interest in having the Responsible Pet Education Program delivered within your school or centre, please email a request to info@pets.nsw.gov.au.

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Information about the Responsible Pet Ownership – Education program

Information for Professionals

Click on the topics to the left for information for animal rescue organisations, pet shops, breeders, vets, authorised identifiers, approved persons and local councils.

Information for Professionals

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Animal Rescue Organisations

Breeders

Pet Shops

Vets and Identifiers

Responsible Pet Ownership Reference Group

In recognition of the importance of pet cats and dogs to the NSW community, the Minister for Local Government established the Responsible Pet Ownership Reference Group (Reference Group).

The primary purpose of the Reference Group is to provide advice to the Minister for Local Government on strategic companion animals management issues to promote responsible pet ownership. This advice is on:

  • responsible pet ownership policy and legislative development and review
  • implementation of recommendations from the Companion Animals Taskforce accepted by the NSW Government and other policies developed by the Office of Local Government
  • merging policy issues involving responsible pet ownership in NSW, and
  • best practice relating to the management of cats and dogs in NSW.

The Reference Group does not provide advice on matters more appropriately considered by the NSW Animal Welfare Advisory Council.

Reference Group members have a broad range of skills and experience relevant to the review and implementation of policies related to the management of cats and dogs. The membership is chosen from a broad range of organisations with particular expertise in responsible pet ownership and companion animal matters.

The Reference Group meets at least twice and no more than four times per year.

The current members of the Reference Group are:

  • Mr Justin Clancy (Chair), Member for Albury
  • Ms Margaret Gaal, President, Australian Institute of Local Government Rangers NSW
  • Dr Diane Ryan, President, Australian Veterinary Association NSW
  • Ms Maureen Norberry, Senior Vice President, Cat Fanciers Association NSW
  • Dr Karen Hedberg, Board Member, Dogs NSW
  • Mr Rob Dario, Compliance Team Leader, Dubbo Regional Council
  • Mr Barry Codling, Board President, Pet Industry Association of Australia
  • Mr Brett Richardson, Manager, Public Safety Unit, Sutherland Shire Council
  • Dr Renae Jackson, Animal Care Manager and Veterinarian, Sydney Dogs and Cats Home
  • Ms Kristina Vesk OAM, Chief Executive Officer, The Cat Protection Society of NSW Limited, and
  • Dr John Baguley Registrar Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

The Reference Group may invite further NSW Government representatives or external experts to attend the meetings as required and may call on other relevant experts to form smaller, informal subcommittees and/or to provide advice on specific recommendations or other matters as needed.

Administrative support, including inviting members, organising meetings and business papers is provided by the Office of Local Government, who allocate an Officer to act as the Secretariat for the Reference Group.

Companion Animals Taskforce

The Companion Animals Taskforce was established by the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Primary Industries to provide advice on key companion animal issues, including strategies to reduce the rate of companion animal euthanasia.

Specifically, the Ministers asked the Taskforce to inquire into:

  • Euthanasia rates and re-homing options for surrendered or abandoned companion animals
  • The breeding of companion animals including the practices of “puppy farms”
  • The sale of companion animals
  • The microchipping and desexing of companion animals
  • Current education programs on “responsible pet ownership”
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Any other high priority companion animal issues that become apparent to the Taskforce.

Companion Animals Taskforce

 

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