May 2017

 Did you know if you sell a dog it is your responsibility to change ownership details? While a new owner is provided with a copy of the paperwork the responsibility sits with the seller. In fact, after selling the animal you have 14 days to notify Cessnock City Council of a change in ownership. A failure to do so is a breach of legislation, in fact those in breach could face a penalty starting from $165.  

The good news is changing and updating details for your pet has never been easier. Once you have your pet’s microchip number visit the NSW Pet registry online at On the home page you will be given the option to set up your ‘Pet Owner Profile’. Once set up, you can enter your pet’s microchip details and ‘claim’ them, which links them to your profile. Now that your pet’s details are linked to your Pet Owner Profile you can update their status (i.e. home/missing), name identifying marks and your home address. You also have the option to transfer ownership online whereby you nominate the new owner of the animal and they ‘claim’ the animal as their own.  

In a few simple steps your mate’s registration can be kept up-to-date. Jump online now and keep your mate safe  

Cessnock City Council would like to thank everyone in the community who entered their pet into the Cessnock Cutest Pet Competition on Facebook. We were overwhelmed with entries with almost 200 pets all vying for the title and we must admit we are home to some very cute, cuddly and often very cheeky pets. Good luck to those who have made the top ten and we look forward to announcing the winner on June 2, 2017.

 A reminder to all pet owners the last day to get your dog microchipped for free as a part of our Microchip Month of May is Thursday 25 May, 2017 at Stanford Merthyr Park from 1pm to 4pm. Getting your animal microchipped is an important part of being a responsible pet owner, especially if your mate goes wandering, with a microchip we can return them safely to you.