NSW Nationals Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders says people considering welcoming a pet into the family should consider adopting a cat or dog from a local pound or other rehoming organisation.

Mr Saunders said people adopting from a pound or rehoming organisation were not only providing a new forever home for a homeless cat or dog, but they could also take advantage of discounted pet registration fees.

“Local councils play an important role in caring for lost and surrendered animals in pounds and shelters,” Mr Saunders said. “I encourage people thinking of rescuing a pet to visit their nearest local council pound or rehoming organisation and meet their new furry best friend.”

“As well as being wonderful new companions, rehoming abandoned cats and dogs has the added benefit of reducing the burden on animal pounds, shelters and rehoming organisations and, importantly, helps lower euthanasia rates.”

The NSW Government is celebrating an important milestone in animal welfare reaching the $1 million mark for pet registration discounts for rehomed dogs and cats, after introducing half-price pet registration fees for adopted animals from council pounds and animal shelters in 2016.

To date, nearly 40,000 cat and dog owners have benefited from these permanently discounted pet registration fees.

The NSW Nationals thank animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, Animal Welfare League and Cat Protection Society, local council pounds and shelters and rehoming organisations that do such a wonderful job finding surrendered cats and dogs new forever homes.