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Companion Animals

The NSW Government recently introduced legislation called the Companion Animals Act 1998. It introduced lifetime registration and microchip identification requirements for cats & dogs
Companion animals play an integral role in society but can cause problems and conflict when not properly cared for or, when irresponsible pet ownership occurs.  The Companion Animals Act 1998 No. 87 defines dogs and cats or any other animal that is prescribed by the regulations as a companion animal.  Many problems identified in companion animals management can be overcome by encouraging responsible ownership and providing educational programs.  
Responsible companion animal ownership includes but is not limited to micro-chipping and registration, identification tags, socialisation of the pet, training, exercise, basic health and welfare, de-sexing where appropriate, secure confinement, environmental and social enrichment, consideration of neighbours and other members of the community, commitment to the lifetime of the animal, and importantly careful pet selection.

Corowa Shire has prepared a range of information to support the community to care for their animals responsibly.  The following documents are available by clicking on the links below or by contacting council.  

Local Orders - Outlining the requirements for keeping of animals and birds in the shire including numbers, enclosure requirements etc.

Companion Animals Management Plan - Councils plan for achieving best practice and continuous improvement in relation to the investigation, education, compliance and enforcement of identified activities concerning matters of public health, environmental nuisance and animal control.


What You Need To Do

Any cats & dogs that are sold or given away from 1 July 1999, must be microchipped and lifetime registered. Existing cats and dogs must also be microchipped and lifetime registered.
Farm working dogs and greyhounds are exempt.


You can get your pet microchipped at your local Vet, or any animal welfare organisation.
Just because your pet is microchipped does not mean that it is registered.

You will then receive a pink Lifetime Identification form, which then needs to be taken to Council.

Lifetime Registraion can be completed at the Corowa Council Office, Mulwala Library, Howlong Community Resource Centre and also online (see below).

Lifetime Registration, Change of Owner/Details and Permanent Identification forms can also be download from the Department of Local Government's website by Clicking Here 

You will need to bring into the Council your Lifetime Identification form, proof of desexing form from your Vet and any other documents that entitle you to a discount.

Once your dog has been microchipped you then must pay for it's lifetime registration at one of Council's offices. The fees are:

  • Desexed cat or dog - $51.00
  • Standard (undesexed) cat or dog - $188.00
  • Standard cat or dog owned by a registered breeder - $51.00
  • Assistance animal - Free
  • Desexed cat or dog owned by a pensioner - $20.00

If you have lost your cat or dog please contact council. 

Contact Details
Corowa Shire Council
Ph: (02) 6033 8999
Fax: (02) 6033 3317

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