June 2018

While the idea of owning a cute kitten or puppy appeals to most, there is a long list of things that need to be considered before taking the plunge.  

On this note, we are proud to have launched a hard-hitting responsible pet ownership campaign to educate locals about the key responsibilities that go hand in hand with owning a pet. It really is true that, with love, comes responsibility.

As part of the campaign, we installed large posters at local bus shelters and have launched a social media campaign on Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages.  

The posters and social posts cover five key areas of responsible pet ownership including desexing. microchipping, picking up after your pet, ensuring your dog is walked on a lead and reminding people that owning a pet is a life-long commitment.  

Each poster has been designed to get a reaction and evoke and emotional response from those who see them. With this, the key message ‘With love comes responsibility’ has been used as the sign-off for every poster.

The aim of the campaign is to remind people that pet ownership is not a decision that should be taken lightly and a kitten or puppy is a responsibility for life.  

All too often we see animals neglected, abandoned and put in the pound and then they have to wait for someone to come along who is willing to give them a loving home. It is truly heartbreaking.

There are so many aspects to being a responsible pet owner which are highlighted in the campaign and we hope locals stand up, take notice and be part of the conversation.

To find out more about the campaign and responsible pet ownership, please visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/responsiblepetowner

We’d also like to let people know that the Office of Local Government is increasing animal registration fees from 1 July 2018 and the new fees can be found here www.olg.nsw.gov.au/content/registration-fees.

Registering your pet is simple and can even be done online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au.