Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from a Council pound.
“This is a fantastic initiative that will truly drive local pet adoption,” Mayor Byrne said.
“I commend the NSW Government and I encourage residents to consider adopting a pet from their local pound. Giving animals a second chance on finding their new forever home is so rewarding,” Mayor Byrne added.
The Hills Shire Council is serviced by the Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter, which looks after lost and abandon animals. Animals that cannot be reunited with their owner/s can be adopted.
“Pets make wonderful additions to a household,” Mayor Byrne said.
“They provide companionship, and studies have shown that they can improve physical and mental wellbeing.
“There are many benefits to owning pets, especially the unconditional love that you feel towards them,” Mayor Byrne added.
The Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter is currently closed and will open when COVID-19 restrictions are eased.
Despite the temporary closure, Mayor Byrne said now was the perfect time to begin discussions on pet ownership and adoption.
“Pet ownership is a massive responsibility,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Now is the perfect time to discuss within your household if you are in a position to own a pet and the responsibilities needed to care for a new family member,” Mayor Byrne added.
Pet registration is a one off cost.
Money collected from the fee is used to help fund Council pounds and shelters, dog recreation areas, ranger services, and education and awareness programs.
The fund is also used by the NSW Government to operate the NSW Pet Registry.
For more information and to view pets for adoption, visit: www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/for-residents/animals-and-pets/animal-shelter.