Families across the state looking to bring a new furry friend home this Christmas are encouraged to ‘Adopt not shop’ when making their choice.

Cabinet Secretary, the Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC said free lifetime pet registration is now on offer for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters to ensure more dogs and cats find a forever home.

“If you are considering welcoming a new pet into your home this Christmas, pay a visit to the local council pound, animal shelters or any approved rehoming organisations across NSW,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said

Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said prospective pet owners should consider the responsibilities of animal ownership in the house.

“Anyone thinking about adopting a pet this Christmas should also consider the ongoing responsibility and commitment required to care for a pet dog or cat,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Pets are a lifetime commitment. People also need to think carefully about the type of animal that is right for them and their circumstances including breed, size and age.”

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government is committed to encouraging pet adoptions.

“In July we introduced free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue dog or cat, which to date has save more than $128,000 for nearly 5,000 pet owners” Mrs Hancock said.

“We are committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership and strengthening animal welfare standards across the State.”

More information on adoption options can be found on the Pet Registry website.