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Companion Animals and Registering Pets

Microchipping your pet

In NSW, all cats and dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.

Only an Authorised Identifier can microchip a cat or dog in NSW. An Authorised Identifier may be a vet or a person who has completed the relevant qualification. For example, an animal welfare organisation employee, a vet nurse, a pet grooming business operator, an employee of a pet shop or a breeder.

Microchipping is usually included in the purchase price of your cat or dog.

Following the implantation of the microchip, a Permanent Identification Form (P1A form) is completed by the Authorised Identifier, confirming the identification information that is to be entered on the NSW Companion Animals Register. This form is forwarded on to your local Council. The local Council enters all relevant information onto the NSW Companion Animal Register. They will send you a receipt of the information and issue you a Certificate of Identification.

Council's Rangers can microchip your companion animal for $35.00.

NOTE: This does not mean that your pet is Registered.

Registering your pet

All cats and dogs must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it.

Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.

Current fees

  • Non-desexed - $188
  • Desexed (proof of desexing required) - $51
  • Pensioner (animal desexed) - $20
  • Recognised Breeder- $51

Working Dogs are exempt from registration, however owners are still encouraged to register their valuable animal, as no registration fee applies. Working dog means a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock.

Guide Dogs require registration but no fee is applicable.

Cats born prior to 1 July 1999 must be microchipped but do not require registration.

Registration fees are used by councils for providing animal management related services to the community.

How to register your pet

You must register your cat or dog with your local council. You will need to present:

Sale & Desexing Packages

Council offers discounted rates for animals purchased from the pound. These packages include the sale of the animal, microchipping, desexing, vaccination and lifetime registration.

  • Sale of dog/cat including vaccination, where already registered, microchipped and desexed - $95
  • Sale of pup/kitten including vaccination (under 12 weeks of age) - $60
  • Sale of dog/cat including vaccination where not registered, microchipped and desexed - $315
  • Sale of dog/cat including vaccination where not registered, microchipped and desexed - Pensioners - $285

Council launches Learn to Love Your Dog campaign

Greater Taree City Council has launched a ‘Learn to Love Your Dog’ campaign to help educate the community on the responsibilities of dog ownership.

Greater Taree City Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer, Dan Bugitti said that the campaign aims to educate the community on the responsibilities of dog ownership, including dog selection, desexing, registration, microchipping and dog welfare with the overall goal to reduce the number of dogs going to the Council pound, subsequent euthanasia rates and the number of breaches occurring.

“It’s a startling fact that the Taree City Pound has an average of 720 dogs enter the facility each year and of that number almost half (47%) are euthanased, 18% released back to their owners and 35% are sold or re-homed. We want to reduce the number of animals that enter our pound facility in the first instance but we can only do this with the community’s cooperation.”

Mr Bugitti said that the campaign over the coming months, through a range of planned activities, will focus on the key message that a dog is a lifetime commitment and there are a number of considerations that need to be made when committing to owning a dog, such as the legislative responsibilities of microchipping, desexing, life time registration and notifying council whenever there is a change of address for where the dog is being homed.

“There are also lifestyle factors to be considered when selecting a dog such as yard size, time available to walk and play with your dog, socialising with other dogs, the type of dog suitable for children, family allergies and boarding arrangements when holidays are taken. Dogs need exercise and company to keep them healthy and regular vet checks are important, as well as preventative medications such as flea and tick protection. All these things are part of the commitment to being a responsible dog owner. There is also a monetary cost of owning a dog and this can average between $1,000 and $1,500 a year, or more, depending on the size and special needs of the dog,” Mr Bugitti said.

To assist with the ‘Learn to Love Your Dog’ campaign, the education branch of the NSW RSPCA has partnered with Council to assist with educational activities. After having a presence at the Old Bar Beach Festival over the October long weekend, RSPCA education officers will be attending other major festivals and events around the Manning over the coming months. Other activities will include microchipping days at the Council pound, education talks at schools and community groups and behavioural assessment days.

Council has a range of information available regarding the responsibilities of dog ownership including a ‘learn to Love Your Dog’ fact sheet

Prohibited Areas for Dogs

  • All National Parks and Nature Reserves, and any little tern nesting areas.
  • Patrolled swimming areas and the beach area adjoining and 100 metres each side of such swimming areas
  • At all times dogs, whether leashed or unleashed, are prohibited at schools, public swimming pools, shopping areas and arcades, and within 10 metres of either playground equipment or any apparatus provided in a public place for the preparation of food for human consumption, mobile food vans and the like.

Dog Friendly Areas

Saxby Park in Stevenson Street, Taree, is a declared leash free area for dogs.
Dogs are allowed on beaches subject to the following:

  • access to the beach is not via a National Park and Nature Reserve or little tern nesting area
  • must be accompanied by a competent person and are permitted unleashed on beaches in Council’s areas between 7 pm and 8 am, other than prohibited areas
  • are under the effective control of a competent person constrained by a leash are permitted on beaches within Council’s area between 8am and 7 pm, other than prohibited areas
  • Prohibited areas are designated by signage at 200 metre intervals and/or 100 metres either side of surf patrols at the following locations: Black Head Beach, Saltwater Beach, Wallabi Point Beach, Diamond Beach, Old Bar Beach, Crowdy Head Beach, Harrington Beach (north of breakwall)
  • The competent person accompanying the dog shall remove and dispose of dog droppings from all areas.

Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas

With the permission of the Food Business Operator, and not within an enclosed area as defined by the Companion Animals Act 1998, dogs can enter an outdoor dining area if:

  • the dog is under the effective control of some competent person and is restrained by means of an adequate chain, chord, or leash that is attached to the dog, and
  • the dog is not fed or permitted to be fed, and
  • the dog is kept on the ground, and
  • the dog is not a Dangerous or Restricted dog as defined by the Companion Animals Act 1998

Companion Animal Pound

The Pound is located next to Councils Works Depot in Arkwright Crescent, Kolodong (off Wingham Road). Private impoundings and/or releases will be effected between 8.00 am to 9.00 am and 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm weekdays and 8.00 am to 9.00 am weekends and public holidays.

For enquries phone either the pound on 6551 4184 during these hours or the Customer Service Centre on 6592 5399 after these hours.

By law, an unregistered unidentified dog not wearing a tag will be kept at the Pound for seven days, an identifiable registered dogs 14 days, unless an owner is located before being sold or euthanased.

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