June 2016

All dog and cat owners are required to take two steps to protect their pet for life. Step one is permanent identification through microchipping which can be done by your vet, RSPCA or Council Rangers. Step two is lifetime registration through Council.

Have you registered your pet yet? Now is a great time to do it before prices go up in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) after Friday 1 July 2016.  The price is set by the NSW Government and you can save your hard earnt dollars by registering before this date. Remember if your pet is over six months of age it is the law to have them registered. You can do this by coming into council during business hours or contacting Council over the phone providing your pet’s microchip number. Otherwise you can contact the RSPCA in Rutherford on a weekend. Find out more on the responsibilities of being a pet owner by visiting Council’s website http://www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/animals.          

Last chance to get your furry friend desexed with only 15 spots up for grabs for Council’s free desexing program. Over the last two months the program has run thanks to the help of the RSPCA and Office of Local Government. To be eligible and nab the last spots you need a current pension card, live in the LGA, the pet must be microchipped and in your name. The benefits of caring for a companion animal are many and Council Rangers want to make the costs of being a pet owner easier for those in need.  

Are you aware of the road rules around stopping in a construction or works zone? Don’t risk an offence by observing the ‘works zone’ parking sign and avoid stopping in a works zone unless the driver is engaged in construction work in the zone, or dropping off, or picking up, passengers. To find out more visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/parking.html