Could the tide be turning in the favour of the thousands dogs and cats which abandoned or surrendered every year.
To ensure more dogs and cats find their forever home, the State government has introduced free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters.
"In 2015, the NSW Government funded half-price lifetime pet registration for people who rescue dogs and cats from council pounds and animal shelters across the State and in 2018 extended this to include rehoming organisations," Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead said.
"So far, more than 60,000 pet owners have saved over $1.8 million in reduced pet registration fees.
"I encourage everyone in the Myall Lakes who is thinking about welcoming a dog or cat into their lives to take advantage of free lifetime pet registration and visit our council pound, animal shelter or approved rehoming organisation to rescue an animal in desperate need of a home."
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said initiative would provide further assistance to local councils in their responsibility to manage rescue animals.
In 2015, the NSW Government funded half-price lifetime pet registration for people who rescue dogs and cats from council pounds and animal shelters across the State and in 2018 extended this to include rehoming organisations.Stephen Bromhead
"The NSW Government is committed to reducing the burden on council pounds and shelters, which is why we are introducing free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue dog or cat," Mrs Hancock said.
"Last month I also announced that the NSW Government will continue to support local councils through $5.8 million in companion animal funding allocated in the 2021-22 financial year."
Pet registration fees go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.
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