Free registration to encourage pet adoption

Central Coast Council is encouraging locals to ‘adopt, not shop’ when making the commitment to bring a new companion animal into their home.

This follows the NSW Government’s announcement of free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from a council pound, animal shelter or rehoming organisation.

Council Unit Manager Environmental Compliance and Systems, Sara Foster, said free registration for rescue pets ensured more abandoned or surrendered cats and dogs would find forever homes, reinforcing the benefits of animal adoption.

“Thanks to the announcement from the NSW Government, community members who choose to adopt a rescue dog or cat from Council’s Animal Care Facilities are now entitled to free lifetime pet registration,” Foster said.

“Council works closely with our Animal Care Facilities at Charmhaven and Erina to ensure surrendered pets can find a suitable and safe new home.

“With backyard breeding a huge issue on the Central Coast, we hope that this new initiative will make adoption an even more desirable pathway for those looking for a pet, so that we can reduce the number of people accessing unregistered breeders.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impact this has on the animals in our care.”

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the new registration-fee exemption would make adoption an even more desirable choice for those searching for a new companion animal.

“If you’re looking for a new four-legged friend, I encourage you to contact Council’s Animal Welfare Facilities to find out more about the animals currently up for adoption,” Hart said.

More information about pet ownership on the Central Coast and Council’s Animal Care Facilities is available on Council’s website.

Media release, Aug 2
Central Coast Council