From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and wellbeing, including reducing the risk of some cancers.
Improving desexing rates will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife.
Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.
From 1 July 2020, pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or through their CGRC administration offices.
Anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry or with the Council will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age, in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Annual permit fees will 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.
The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.
If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the NSW Pet Registry at firstname.lastname@example.org and 1300 134 460 or Council on 1300 459 689 or call into Council offices in Cootamundra or Gundagai.
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Annual Permits will apply to owners of cats that are not desexed.