Dog off-leash areas
There are 14 leash-free areas that you can use to exercise your dog.
Buying or adopting a new pet is a delight, but it does come with responsibilities. Make sure you're ready to take on an animal and that you have the right house for the breed you're choosing. Find out what you can do to keep your pet, your neighbours and your community happy.
Microchipping and registration is a two-step process:
You may choose to have your pet desexed in order to pay a reduced registration fee. To qualify for the reduced fee you need to desex your dog by 6 months of age and your cat by 4 months of age. Exemptions to the age limits are available for medical reasons, Pension card holders and rescue dogs and cats from eligible pounds, shelters or re-homing organisations.
Setup an account or login to NSW Pet Registry to transfer the ownership. The current owner of the pet must transfer ownership first. This is best done on the day that you pick up the new pet. The new owner must then login as soon possible to claim ownership.
Once you have an account you can log back in at any time to keep your contact details and profile up to date. Up to date details give your pet the best chance of being returned home if they are lost or injured.
If you do not have online access you can lodge a Change of Owner / Details Form with Council.
Responsible pet ownership
As an owner or person in charge of a dog or cat, it is your responsibility to make sure that your pet does not create a nuisance by noise or otherwise.
The intermittent and piercing nature of a dog's bark can be very disruptive for close neighbours. Understanding why your dog is barking and what you can do to identify and remove triggers is essential. When you are out and about with your dog, make sure it is leashed and under control. Take your dog to dog friendly and leash free parks. Pick up your dog’s waste so nobody steps in it.
Dogs may be permitted in outdoor dining areas (the business owner decides). They are not allowed inside food consumption or preparation areas, the National Park, wildlife protection areas, school or children’s playgrounds or within 10 metres of children's play equipment. Look out for and observe dog prohibition areas. Fines may apply if your dog is found somewhere it shouldn’t be.
Cats are hunters and an important factor in the decline of native animal populations. All cat owners are encouraged to keep their cats indoors at night, to not feed stray cats and to have your cat cared for properly when you’re away on holidays. Cats should be kept out of wildlife protection areas that is all National Parks, bushland areas and some parks and reserves. They are not permitted in food businesses - consumption or preparation areas.