Pets Month aims to educate about responsibilities of pet ownership

Throughout August Western Plains Regional Council is offering all residents of the new Council area the chance to win prizes and learn what it takes to be a great pet owner.

It's all part of Pets Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the responsibilities of owning companion animals.

Council's Manager Environmental Control, Debbie Archer said there are terrific prizes up for grabs compliments of local sponsors in the annual Pets Month Photo Competition and the Pets Month Colouring-in Competition.

"We would love you to share pictures of your animals that make you smile, so whether your pet has feathers, fur, fins - or something else - you can enter a photo and be in with a chance of winning," Ms Archer said.

“Kids are encouraged to get involved and learn how to be responsible pet owners in a fun and engaging way by entering our colouring in competition and Rangers will also visiting local schools talking to students about safely playing with pets,” Ms Archer said.

There will also be a Pets and Health and Activities Day at Ollie Robbins Oval on 20 August between 12noon and 3pm.

“Bring the whole family and join us for a fun, pet-friendly afternoon with discounted vaccinations and microchipping available, information stalls, a dress up competition, children’s entertainment and a BBQ,” Ms Archer said.

Ms Archer said pets are great fun but also a huge responsibility.

"It is important that all pet owners and those thinking about buying a dog or a cat know the legal obligations involved," she said.

"Microchipping, registration, vaccination and desexing are some of the key areas of consideration when purchasing a dog or a cat.”

Under the law, cats and dogs must be identified by a microchip once they are 12 weeks old and cannot be sold, transferred, or given away unless microchipped and they must be registered from six months of age. 

"Registering your pet puts it on the NSW database and assists Council in being able to contact you if your pet is lost and then found," Ms Archer said.

For more details about the photo and colouring in competitions and other activities, as well as great tips for looking after your pet, visit and like the Dubbo City Animal Shelter on Facebook at 


Debbie Archer
Council’s Manager of Environmental Control 
(02) 6801 4000


Last Edited: 23 Aug 2016

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