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Responsible pet ownership

Responsible pet owners microchip and register their dog or cat and ensure that their contact details are up to date. You can now update your contact details on the new NSW Pet Registry. If your dog or cat is lost, up to date contact details are the best way to bring your pet home.

The Pet Registry can be found by clicking the icon on the right.

Please ensure that your cat or dog is, at all times, wearing a collar and tag with your contact details on it. When away from home, it is important that your dog is controlled by a leash that it held by a person who can control the dog if necessary. Cats should be leashed or contained. This will help ensure that your dog or cat does not threaten or harm a person or animal (see dog attacks) and that your dog or cat does not cause a nuisance (see nuisance dogs and cats).   

Click on the topics on the left to find out more about responsible pet ownership.


Companion Animals Regulation 2008 Review

The Office of Local Government is seeking your views about the Companion Animals Regulation 2008.

The Companion Animals Regulation 2008 is being reviewed by the NSW Government. This regulation, which is made under the Companion Animals Act 1998, provides key information about how companion animals (pet cats and dogs) are identified, registered and managed in NSW.

A Discussion Paper has been released seeking feedback about on whether the Regulation is effective in promoting responsible pet ownership in NSW. This is an opportunity for the community to help identify areas where the regulatory framework for managing cats and dogs in local communities could be improved.

The intention is to provide the strongest possible regulatory framework to promote responsible pet ownership in NSW.

Feedback to the Discussion Paper will inform the development of the draft Regulation and Regulatory Impact Statement, which will be released for consultation  in 2018.


How can I have my say?

There are two ways to provide your feedback:

  1. Online via  this (external link)
  2. Print the Discussion Paper and feedback form from the Office of Local Government website and post or email it to:


Companion Animals Regulation Review

Locked Bag 3015

Nowra NSW 2541



Public submissions have now closed.

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