Before you get a pet

What to consider before deciding to adopt a companion animal:

  • Changes in your life which may influence your willingness or ability to keep the animal, such as extended overseas travel, having children, changing homes to a place not suited to animals, change of jobs, financial security or ongoing ability to exercise the animal.
  • Are you willing to care for the animal for the lifetime of the animal?
  • Are you willing to regularly exercise the animal to minimise boredom related problems?
  • Can you afford the ongoing costs such as purchase, vaccination, registration, microchipping, veterinarian accounts, food and upkeep?
  • Will your partner or family be committed to keeping the animal?
  • How big is the place where you live? Has it got an adequate exercise area?
  • If your yard fenced?
  • Have you got particularly sensitive neighbours?
  • How big an animal should you acquire?
  • What are the needs of the individual breed? Is it susceptible to certain health problems which could be costly? Is it likely to want a lot, or little exercise? Is it likely to be aggressive? Are they good with children?
  • Do you live near sensitive bushland or native species habitat?
  • Is this just a fad? Do you really want the commitment?
  • Has it been microchipped yet, and what will be the cost?
  • If you already have animals, do you have enough space for another one?


Companion Animals Act

The Companion Animals Act 1998 was designed to benefit pets, their owners and the wider community. The Act covers all dogs and cats in NSW and provides guidelines for pet owners to follow, to ensure their pets are happy, healthy and not a problem to the community. All dogs and cats in NSW are to be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks and registered for life by 6 months.


Companion Animals Management Plan (CAMP)

The Companion Animals Management Plan was adopted by Council on 27 April 2016 and a copy can be downloaded below. 

Companion Animals Management Plan