Since 1 July 1999 all dogs and cats in NSW must be microchipped at point of sale, change of ownership or by 12 weeks of age, whichever occurs first.
If you purchase a puppy, kitten, dog or cat in NSW, under the Companion Animals Act 1998 it must be microchipped first. If it isn't then you should report this to your local council for investigation and action if appropriate.
Microchipping and registration is a two part process that requires Companion Animal owners to:
1. Have their animals implanted with a microchip from the time they are 12 weeks of age, at point of sale or change of ownership (whichever occurs first).
2. Register their animals with their NSW local Council by 6 months of age.
Early microchipping and registration is strongly recommended as many animals under 6 months of age are regularly lost from their homes.
Exemptions from microchipping do exist; see the link to 'Frequently Asked Questions' below
How do I register my dog/cat?
Before registering your dog or cat it must be microchipped. This can be done at your local vet. Registration can then take place at your local Council. Please ensure you bring a copy of the microchip registration form with you when registering your pet.
Desexing means that lifetime registration is cheaper, pets don't stray, they are cleaner and less likely to be involved in territory disputes or attacks.
The cost for registration of a dog/cat is as follows:
• Un-desexed animal - $192.00
• Desexed animal (with verification papers) - $52.00
• Animal not desexed kept by recognised breeder for breeding purposes - $52.00
• Pensioner's Desexed animal (with verification papers) - $21.00
• Assistance animal - $nil
• Rural Working Dog - $nil
Companion Animals Website
The Companion Animals Website provides valuable information for companion animal owners and links to a number of brochures and forms.
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