On this page you will find information to help with responsible pet ownership and requirements as set down by the NSW Companion Animals Act 1988. Forms to help you register your dog or cat or change your details can also be downloaded here.
All cats and dogs must be microchipped by the time they reach 12 weeks of age. Council, or a veterinarian, inject a tiny computer chip under the skin between the shoulder blades. The chip contains a unique and permanent identification. Microchipping, and keeping contact details updated with Council, helps reunite owners with lost or injured pets quickly.
Farm working dogs used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock are exempt from the microchipping and registration requirements. However, these dogs are valuable animals and you are encouraged to have your dogs microchipped and registered. Registration is at a zero cost for approved working dogs.
Register your pet
All dogs and cats must be lifetime registered with Council by six months of age. You will need to provide a microchip certificate or letter from your vet, and if applicable, proof of desexing. You can then register your cat or dog at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone.
Collar and tag
Your dog must wear a collar with an identification tag stating the name of the dog and the address or telephone number of the owner. A tag for your cat will help it be returned to you if lost.
You do not have to have your cat or dog desexed, (unless it is a
declared dangerous dog or similar), but there are benefits - your pet is less
likely to stray, spray or be aggressive and it helps reduce unwanted pets and
There is no scientific evidence to show that it is better to allow an animal to have one litter before being desexed. Desexing before six months of age is recommended.
Ensure your cat or dog’s good health with regular veterinary check ups, worming, tick and flea treatments. Talk to your vet about whether vaccinations are required.
Caring for your cat… inside
Each year, millions of cats are run over by cars, mauled by dogs, poisoned and lost. Help protect your cat and our native wildlife by keeping them indoors where possible.
Caring for your dog... and the neighbourhood
Your dog must be kept on a leash or secured in your yard at all times.
An unrestrained and unsupervised dog can be a danger to other people and animals. The fine for dogs that attack, bite, harass, chase or rush at a person or animals is $550.
Carry plastic bags with you to pick up dog droppings. If you do not clean up after your dog in a public area, you could be fined.
Dogs (with the exception of Guide Dogs) are prohibited in
Dedicated off-leash areas
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