Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole today announced Lithgow Regional Council will receive $8,000 from the NSW Government to promote responsible pet ownership in the local community.

Mr Toole said the funding boost will allow the council to provide important programs such as free microchipping and community education workshops.

“Thanks to this Government grant, Lithgow Regional Council will provide education of primary school aged children on animal safety and responsible pet ownership, as well as free microchipping and desexing of cats and dogs owned by pension or healthcare  cardholders. This is in addition to reduced rate microchipping and desexing of cats and dogs by other residents.

The NSW Government introduced the Responsible Pet Ownership Grants scheme in 2014 to target programs that will increase microchipping, lifetime registration and de-sexing rates.

Mr Toole said the Baird- Grant Government is committed to improving the positive benefits of pet ownership while strengthening safety and education in our local neighbourhoods.

“Pet dogs and cats are important family members of many households across NSW and it is vital that we are supporting our communities promote responsible pet ownership.”

Mr Toole said a record number of applications had been received in Round 3 of the Program.

“More than $300,000 will go directly to 35 NSW councils to develop dog safety, micro chipping, desexing, and cat and dog registration programs.”

RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman welcomed the funding boost.

“These grants in previous years have worked well to improve the lives of animals and their responsible owners. The best part about these grants is it allows organisations and individuals to innovate responsible pet ownership away from traditional methods,” Mr Coleman said.