Pets & Animals

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

You must have your companion animal microchipped (vets and animal welfare services offer this service) in order to obtain a lifetime registration. If your companion animal is already microchipped, your companion animal can be registered once you provide proof of microchipping.

To provide proof of microchipping you will need to either;

  • Show the certificate provided when your companion animal was microchipped, or
  • Obtain a signed statement with the animal’s microchip number from an authorised person such as a vet or animal welfare organisation representative.

You will also be asked to provide proof of desexing if that is applicable.

Payment of Registration Fees

Life Time Registration Fees can be found on the Fees and Charges page

Payment of companion animal registrations can be made at Council's Office in Berrigan or the Tocumwal and Finley Libraries.

Penalties of up to $220 apply if you do not microchip and register your companion animal for life in the Berrigan Shire.

Further information about companion animal microchipping and lifetime registration is available from the Council’s staff on (03) 5888 5100 or from the Ranger Scott Ansell on 0407 503 541

Your responsibilities as a pet owner

To assist Council with managing companion animals within the Shire and returning them promptly if they become lost, please advise Council staff immediately if you:

  • Change address and/or telephone numbers
  • Change ownership of the companion animal
  • If your companion animal is missing for more than 72 hours
  • If your companion animal dies
Change of address and/or ownership forms are available on our Application Forms page.

Companion animals that are not cared for properly cause problems in the community and you may be fined or receive a visit from council staff. For the safety and security of all in the community please do not allow your companion animal to:

  • bark continuously
  • wander the streets unattended
  • defecate in public place
  • harass pedestrians
  • become a nuisance to others

Dog Owners

  • Puppies and dogs sold or given away from 1 July 1999, must be microchipped and registered for life
  • All other dogs (except farm working dogs and greyhounds) must be microchipped and registered for life

Cat Owners

  • Kittens and cats sold or given away from 1 July 1999 must be microchipped and registered for life
  • Older cats need to be identified, either through microchipping or by collar and tag

Companion Animals Act 1998

The NSW Government introduced legislation called the Companion Animals Act 1998. It introduced new registration and identification requirements for cats and dogs and brings in tough new controls on dangerous dogs. More details are available on the DLG website.

Lost Animal Register

If your animal is in the list below, please contact Council's Ranger on 0407 503 541 for more information on how to retrieve your pet.

There are no lost animals being held by the Ranger at present. 

Lost Pet Finders – Act quickly, and get help

Lost Pet Finders Pet Alert is new to Australia and is an effective means of getting many eyes and ears looking for your lost pet. Responses from the public are very helpful with listeners divulging the whereabouts of the pet, giving leads, promising to search properties and even volunteering their services to search. This method is an extremely direct way of capturing the attention of the public regarding your pet. Results may not occur immediately, but hundreds of people can be aware of your pet’s disappearance, and may be able to assist in its retrieval.

The most innovative aspect of The Lost Pet Finders is our neighbourhood canvassing system. Based on the same principle as door knocking, you simply target the area your pet went missing from and conduct a telephone canvas of the area. For a few cents a call, a message that describes your lost pet will be heard by potentially hundreds of people. This method allows you to rapidly gain valuable information on the pet’s whereabouts, or possible sightings, that you are able to investigate. Further, it informs and alerts numerous people to be on the lookout, prompts listeners to return the pet or to report neighbours. It also garners support from the people of the neighbourhood to assist you in your quest.

The Pet Alert works in conjunction with our web site photo and database service with listeners being directed to the site to look at the lost pet’s likeness. Being able to visualise the animal makes a difference in identifying a pet as descriptions often vary significantly, and this lessens the possibility of false identification.

The second feature of the Pet Alert is to notify our Pet Network members via email and SMS. Similar to the Governments SMS flood alert, your pets dissapearance will be broadcast to our members within seconds of issuing the alert


If animals are unclaimed within seven (7) days of arriving at the pound they are available for adoption. For more information, please contact Council's Ranger on 0407 503 541. 

We have five dogs up for adoption at present.  A Cocker Spaniel / Miniature Poodle cross female who is around 2 1/2 years old.  This shy young lady is not recommended for children

The other dogs are Staffy cross pups.  They are all males and ready to go.

Contacting Council

Office: 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Office hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
(03) 5888 5100
(03) 5885 2092
Post: Berrigan Shire Council
56 Chanter Street
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