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.

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Microchip and register
Transfer and claim ownership
Responsible pet ownership

Microchip and register

All pets must be microchipped and registered. This lifetime registration is a two step process:

STEP 1: Take you pet to a Vet to be microchipped by the time it is 12 weeks old. As part of the process, they will add details to the online NSW Pet Registry or complete and send a Permanent Identification Form.

STEP 2: Login and register your dog before they are 6 months old and cats before they are 4 months old. To register you will need to create an account on the NSW Pet Registry. This is a public portal to an online database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW.

To create an account you will need to have your driver's licence, passport or medicare card handy. Alternatively, you can lodge a Lifetime Registration Form with Council. If your Vet has marked your pet's records as desexed or you have a desexing certificate or pensioner card you'll receive a discount.

Transfer and claim ownership

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

When you are out an 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.