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NSW Pet Registry website

Pet owners can now access the new NSW Pet Registry website to update their contact details, report a missing pet, change a pet's ownership, and make a payment for lifetime registration.

The NSW Pet Registry is an online database of microchipped and lifetime registered dogs and cats that life in NSW. All pets previously listed in the Companion Animals Register are now available through the NSW Pet Registry.

Accessing the registry begins with creating your online profile, which you can then use to link the pets that you own. To link a pet to your profile you'll need to know your pet's microchip number and the contact number for the listed owner. If your pet is listed on the Companion Animals Register, you can refer to your pet's certificate of identification/registration for these details.

See the NSW Pet Registry's user guide for step-by-step details on using this website.

Trial off-leash dog exercise areas

Council is now trialling a number of new off-leash dog exercise areas.

Visit the dog exercise areas page for more information.

Companion Animal Information Stand

The Companion Animal Information Stand moves around local parks on a regular basis. The stand offers a variety of companion animal related information, services and free giveaways such as:

  • Lifetime register your pet (card payments only)*
  • Have your pet's microchip scanned to check it's functioning correctly
  • Check that you and your pets' information is up to date on the NSW Companion Animal Register
  • Have Ranger Services staff answer all your companion animal enquiries
  • Receive a free blank pet tag, magnets and pooch pouches
  • Pick up some responsible pet ownership pamphlets and information
  • And plenty of free pats and playtime are on offer for our furry visitors

The Companion Animal Information Stand will next be at: to be announced

* Documents needed to lifetime register your pet:

  • Pets microchip number (or up to date details on the Register to enable a search to obtain the microchip number)
  • Documents proving qualification for an eligible discount (such as desexing certificate, concession card, etc) – visit this page for registration fees and associated documents required
  • Debit or credit card (a 1% credit card transaction fee will be applied to all credit cards payments). No cash payments will be accepted.
  • Proof of identification (owner) – Driver's license, etc.

Benefits of companion animal ownership

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. More than 8 out of 10 Australians have owned a pet at some stage of their lives and almost two thirds of Australian households currently own pets.

'Research has shown that pets provide owners with both psychological and physiological benefits and the majority of these owners are healthier than those without pets.' – The Power of Pets, Australian Companion Animal Council, 2009

The Australian Companion Animal Council Incorporated is a non profit organisation. It is the leader and voice for the pet care industry on the benefits of socially responsible pet ownership in the Australian community. Visit their website for more information on the benefits of companion animal ownership.

Companion animal management

Introduced by the NSW State Government in 1998, The Companion Animals Act 1998 (the Act) and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 (the regulation), are to provide for the effective and responsible care and management of companion animals. A companion animal is currently defined under the Act as a Dog or Cat.

The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 replaces the Dog Act 1966 and provides legislation for the identification and registration of companion animals and for the duties and responsibilities of their owners.

The Act and the regulation came about in response to community expectations about the role and place of dogs and cats in society. The new State Government approach to companion animal management has provided Council with an opportunity to develop a strategic response to managing pets in our community. In response to this, on 6 September 2005, a Companion Animal Management Plan was adopted by Council to address the community's needs regarding the responsible management of companion animals in the area.

'Inner West Pets' Facebook group

Join the Facebook logo Inner West Pets Facebook group to find regular information on responsible pet ownership, as well as general pet related information for pet owners, prospective pet owners and the general public in the inner west.

Pets in the City

The Petcare Information and Advisory Service has produced a guide called Pets in the City. This guide helps people decide whether they should have a pet, what the most suitable pet may be and how to enjoy life with a pet. It is for both potential pet owners and for those who already own a pet. Visit www.petsinthecity.net.au to access the guide.

We are Family

We are Family is a guide to nurturing the child-pet relationship from pregnancy to preschool. The guide is available here.

Tag Me, I'm Yours – Free engraved pet tag program

Tag Me, I'm YoursTag Me, I'm Yours is a program developed by Inner West Council to help lost pets find their way home. The program is jointly funded by Inner West Council and the NSW Office of Local Government Responsible Pet Ownership grant program.

Visit this page for more information and to order your free engraved pet tag. Conditions apply.

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