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Changes to NSW Government pet ownership rules

Recently revealed updates to the NSW Government’s pet ownership rules came into effect across the state on Monday 1 July 2024, with key changes that will affect current and future pet owners in the Snowy Monaro.

These changes to the regulations aim to improve pet management and make it faster and easier to reunite lost animals with their owners.

Under the new rules, all cats and dogs in NSW must be microchipped at 12 weeks of age or when they are sold or given away – whichever comes first. Pet owners are also required to register their animals with the NSW Pet Registry at 12 weeks of age, or if their new pet is less than 12 weeks old, when they first take ownership.

This registration means a one-time lifetime allowance per animal, which is transferred with the pet if ownership changes. The application must be paid within 28 days to avoid late fees.

These updates also introduce additional fees for non-desexed animals.

Dog owners must now pay an additional fee if their pet is not neutered before six months of age. For cats, an annual permit fee applies if the animal is not desexed at the age of four months. Cats born before July 22, 2020 are exempt from this last requirement.

To streamline pet management, owners are encouraged to create an account on the NSW Pet Registry website. This online platform allows users to pay fees, update pet details and report missing animals.

It is now easier than ever to keep your pet’s information up to date in the registry. Keeping information up to date will help keep your pet safe, so it’s important to update your NSW Pet Registry account as soon as any change in ownership or address occurs.

Council encourages all pet owners to familiarize themselves with the new rules and register with the new online NSW Pet Registry as soon as possible.

Visit the NSW Pet Registry website today at https://petreg.nsw.gov.au

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