Animals & Pets

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Greater Hume Shire Council recognises the importance of having pets within the community and encourages residents to be responsible pet owners. Some larger animals such as horses, goats or pigs are usually inappropriate for a residential environment and may be subject to Council by-laws.

Click here to obtain a copy of Greater Hume Shire Council's Local Orders Policy for Keeping of Animals or Birds.


Dog & Cat Owners

Since 1998, the Companion Animals Act requires all puppies, dogs, cats, or kittens sold or given away to be microchipped and registered for life from 1 July 1999.

Microchipping is not the same as registration. Pet owners must microchip AND register their pets. This means having your dog or cat microchipped first, then registered with your local council.

When registering your pet you may need to provide documentation such as micro-chip details, sterilisation certificate, breeder’s card or pension card. Check with Council for more information.


Lifetime Protection for your pet - October 2016

Is your dog or cat registered for life?
During October Greater Hume Shire Council is offering residents the chance to check registration and microchip your companion animals. To make a booking, you have to pay a reduced fee of $20 at one of Council’s Offices or
Customer Service Centres. Alternatively, the Local Vets are also offering $20 microchipping for October. Contact the following vets to book:
• Holbrook Vet Centre on 02 6036 2374
• Henty Vet Clinic on 02 6033 3777
• Jindera Vet Clinic on 02 6026 3277

Under the Companion Animals Act, owners of dogs and cats must:
• Microchip their dog or cat by 3 months of age, or before it is sold or given away,
• Lifetime register their cat or dog with the local council before it is 6 months old,
• Ensure their dog is under effective control,
• Pick up their dog faeces from public areas,
• Address barking problems,
• Ensure their dog wears a collar and identification tag when in a public place,
• Prevent their dog or cat from causing harm to any person or other animal.
Council’s Rangers will be visiting properties throughout the Shire to update the NSW Companion Animal Register. Failure to register your pet may result in an Infringement Notice being issued for $275.
Please contact Council’s Rangers, on 02 6029 8588 during business hours for more information on microchipping or lifetime registration.

Bring your pet to a free microchipping day
Saturday 1 October @ Culcairn Ag Show, Culcairn
Saturday 8 October @ Holbrook Vet Centre, Hay St, Holbrook
Saturday 15 October @ Jindera Village Green, Urana St, Jindera
Saturday 22 October @ Henty Vet Clinic, Sladen St, Henty


Greater Hume Shire Council is offering Microchipping in October, on Saturdays for free, during a 2 hour period.
Dogs should be on leads and cats in cages.
To confirm a free microchip booking contact Council on 0427 556 659.

Fees & Charges (Cats and Dogs)

Since 1998 all pets in NSW over the age of six (6) months must be microchipped and registered with a lifetime registration under the Companion Animal Act.

Fees are set by the State Government and are:

Un-desexed animal $ 192
Desexed animal $ 52
Desexed animal owned by a pensioner $ 21
Registered breeder $ 52
Assistance animal FREE


Assistance Animals require microchipping and registration but registration is free of charge. Working dogs do not require microchipping or registration but it is recommended for the safety of the dog.

Registration of a dog or cat can be done at the Council Offices in Holbrook or at the Customer Service Centres in Culcairn, Jindera or Walla Walla during business hours.

Barking Dogs


Barking is one of the ways dogs communicate. It can signify anything from playfulness to danger.
However, dogs sometimes bark when they are:
  • chained to a fixed point without enough room to move, or kept in a space which is too small
  • provoked, deliberately or unintentionally, by people or roaming dogs
  • under exercised or not exercised at all
  • untrained
  • lonely
  • sick
  • hungry, thirsty, on the wrong diet or generally neglected
  • kept in circumstances that are unsuitable for that particular breed
  • victims of abuse.
If you suspect a dog is being mistreated, contact an RSPCA inspector on (02) 9770 7555 or 1300 278 3589, or through the RSPCA Website.
The causes of barking listed above should not be part of a dog's life. As well as indicating a possibly distressed animal, chronic excessive barking can disturb people living nearby.



Missing Companion Animals

Tips for when your companion animal goes missing:
  • Ensure their identification tags are correct, name and phone number with collars secure and fitted properly.
  • Do you know where your microchip information is? Place your animals microchip number somewhere you can assess easily.
  • Update microchip and registration information.
  • Important phone numbers (keep them in an convenient location):
    • 1300 653 538 (local call) Greater Hume Shire Council
    • 0427 556 659 Ranger, Greater Hume Shire Council
  • Remember to microchip before 12 weeks of age and register with a NSW local council by 6 months of age.
  • Make a plan for when your pet does get loose/go missing.
  • Contact your local Council or pound as soon as possible.
  • When your dog or cat is found, the Council or pound can return your dog or cat to its home.
  • Check your fencing and yard. Is it suitable for your pets?
  • Fix and fill in your yard now. Digging under fences is a classic method of escape.


Companion Animals Act 1998

More details on the Companion Animals Act 1998 are available here

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