The law

The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 provide for the identification and registration of cats and dogs, how they are managed and the duties and responsibilities of their owners.

Registration requirement and exemption

In NSW, all cats and dogs, except exempt cats and dogs, must be registered with the local council, in whose area they are ordinarily kept by 6 months of age.

However, under clause 16(d) of the Companion Animals Regulation 2008, certain animals, including animals in the care of some animal rescue organisations, are exempt from the lifetime-registration fee.

Applying for approval as an organisation exempt from registering animals in its care

OLG is finalising new guidelines for rehoming organisations to align its existing application and assessment processes with the Regulation. We expect to release the new guidelines shortly, along with detailed advice about what has changed with the application process.

OLG has temporarily ceased processing existing and new rehoming organisation applications until the new guidelines are released.

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