Stray Animals

Every year, we see an increasing number of stray animals coming into the clinic. Occasionally these animals end up at the Armidale Companion Animal Shelter because either they are not microchipped, their microchip details are no longer up to date, or they have no identification tag.

Please be aware that it is a requirement in NSW for dogs and cats to be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale (whichever comes first). Only working dogs and cats born before 1st of July 1998 are exempt from this. You must then register them with your local council by 6 months of age. If you are selling or giving away a dog or cat, please be aware it is your responsibility to update the new owner’s details on the microchip.

It is a legal requirement to have a collar and identification tag on your dog that shows the dog’s name, your phone number, or address whenever he/she is in a public place. Having an ID tag means even members of the community can return your dog which prevents costly impounding fees. People who ignore these identification regulations can be faced with on the spot fines and even court action.

To register your pet, update your contact details, report your pet missing, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime registration fees head to www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au or contact your local council.