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Time to register your pet

ARE you a new pet owner? If you’re the owner of a new cat or dog, it’s time to register your pet.

Wollongong City Council is reminding pet parents that owners of cats desexed prior to turning four months of age and owners of dogs desexed prior to turning six months of age, are entitled to discounted registration.

New pets can be registered online by visiting the Council website. Current cat and dog owners can also update the details of existing pets when a pet has been sold to a new owner, when moving residences, or if a pet goes missing or dies.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that it was important that all new pets were registered by their owners.

“We know that a pet is a very important member of the family. That’s why Council is reminding all pet owners that our new furry friends need to be registered before they turn six months old,” he said.

“Registering your pet is a NSW State Government requirement and makes it easier to reunite lost pets with their families. It’s quick and easy to register your pet online or residents can also submit a hard copy form to Council’s Customer Service Team.”

Registration fees are set by the NSW State Government, and the discounted prices for pets’ registration for animals under six months old start at $26 and go up to $60.

A new few structure for registering pets was introduced by NSW Government on 1 July 2020 as a stronger incentive for owners to desex their pets.

Desexing your pet can help ease the burden on our local pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates and help reduce the number of stray and roaming animals in our community.

Some pets are exempt from pet registration. More information about how to register or the different pet registration exemptions is available on the NSW Pet Registry website. Failing to register a pet could result in a fine.

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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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