Is your pet breaking the law?

Microchipping of pets is a legal requirement. File photo

Did you know all cats and dogs need to be microchipped and lifetime registered under NSW law?

Tweed Shire Council has organised a Microchipping Day this Saturday to ensure pet owners are meeting their legal requirements.

The event will be held at Council’s pound on Leddays Creek Road, Stotts Creek on Saturday (August 4) between 9am-1pm.

Microchipping will cost $25 per animal and advanced booking is required via the council’s website.

Council’s compliance team leader Nick Tzannes said cats and dogs must be lifetime registered by the time they’re six months old under the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.

‘Microchipping is the first stage of that process but owners must also register their cat or dog with Council,’ he said.

All cats and dogs must be permanently identified via a microchip, by the age of 12 weeks or when sold or given away (whichever comes first). Lifetime registration is also available during the event and should be completed without delay if your pet is over six months of age.

What you need to know

  • To lifetime register your cat or dog you will need their microchip number along with their desexing certificate, if they are desexed.
  • The current lifetime registration fees are $207 for a non-desexed cat or dog and $57 if they have been desexed.
  • Pensioners receive a further discount (for a desexed animal only) bringing the cost down to $24 if they present their pension card.

More information on microchipping and lifetime registration is available on Council’s website.


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