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October 2017

Reuniting a much-loved pet with their owner is one of the most rewarding parts of our job, but all too often we have to take animals to the pound due to contact details not being up to date.

From July to September this year, our Council Rangers impounded 30 dogs and 40 cats that were found straying without ID.

While having your pet microchipped is a very important first step, it’s not the only one. It’s equally important to register your contact information and ensure it’s always up to date in case the worst happens.

Taking these steps will increase your chances to be reunited with your furry friends should they run away, get lost or stolen.

It is now easier than ever to keep your beloved furry family member’s registration details up-to-date with the NSW Pet Registry. This means you can easily register your pet, update your contact details, report your pet missing/found, transfer ownership of a pet and pay lifetime registration fees straight from your computer, tablet or smart phone device. 

All cats and dogs in NSW are required to be microchipped and this information placed on the registry before 12 weeks of age. This means your cat or dog’s details should already be on the registry ready for you to access. 

If you are not sure of your pet’s microchip number, you can contact your local vet to see if they have it on file. If they don’t have a record, you can attend your local vet and have them scan your pet, at which point they will be able to confirm you are the owner and provide you with the microchip number for your records.

Once you have your pet’s microchip number, changing your details is free, simply visit www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au or drop into Council.

On a different note, with the weather warming up, snakes become more active and may become unwanted visitors in their search for water or a place to sun themselves.  

We recommend clearing out any areas of your yard that could encourage a snake to take up residence and keeping your garden well maintained.  

If you do find a snake on your property do not attempt to move it yourself. While it is not Council’s responsibility to deal with snakes, there are a number of trained snake catchers in the area including the Cessnock District Rescue Squad (4991 2444) who will be able to assist you. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the snake from a safe distance while you are waiting for the snake catcher to arrive to make sure it is still there and not in a new hiding spot.