Paws & Think - Responsible Dog Ownership

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animals Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

This initiative is supported and co-funded by Shoalhaven City Council and the Office of Local Government NSW’.

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animals Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

This initiative is supported and co-funded by Shoalhaven City Council and the Office of Local Government NSW’.

  • Paws n Tales at Nowra Library

    about 2 months ago
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    Paws'N'Tales is an innovative and award-winning reading program for children aged 4 to 8 years of age who have literacy issues.

    Based on the successful R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program in America, Paws 'N' Tales is the first affiliated group in Australia. Paws 'N' Tales is currently running at Nowra Library, where trained volunteer teams are providing weekly sessions for children.

    The program aims to improve participants' communication skills and confidence by reading aloud to a well-trained dog.


    Paws'N'Tales is an innovative and award-winning reading program for children aged 4 to 8 years of age who have literacy issues.

    Based on the successful R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program in America, Paws 'N' Tales is the first affiliated group in Australia. Paws 'N' Tales is currently running at Nowra Library, where trained volunteer teams are providing weekly sessions for children.

    The program aims to improve participants' communication skills and confidence by reading aloud to a well-trained dog.


  • Shoalhaven Animal Shelter

    about 2 months ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council will temporarily undertake the operation of the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter after the RSPCA decided to withdraw from managing Council animal shelters across NSW in the future, allowing them to concentrate on their core focus of animal welfare.

    The latest public tender put out by Council did not receive any tender to carry out this service. Council will resume responsibility of the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter after Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting held on 22 May 2018 agreed that Council would be the best option for management under the Rangers Services Unit. This will be reviewed in March 2019.

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    Shoalhaven City Council will temporarily undertake the operation of the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter after the RSPCA decided to withdraw from managing Council animal shelters across NSW in the future, allowing them to concentrate on their core focus of animal welfare.

    The latest public tender put out by Council did not receive any tender to carry out this service. Council will resume responsibility of the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter after Councillors at the Ordinary Meeting held on 22 May 2018 agreed that Council would be the best option for management under the Rangers Services Unit. This will be reviewed in March 2019.

    Ranger Services Unit Manager Michael Jarman said, “Our main aim is to ensure the animals we find receive the best care and can be adopted to caring people.”

    “We will continue to build on the great reputation the RSPCA has had in our community. We thank the RSPCA for their contribution to the shelter over the years. They have made a big difference to so many animals which we will continue.”

    The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter will also move into its brand-new premises on the corner of Nowra Hill Road and BTU Road, Nowra Hill from Mundamia in June 2018. The new shelter has been built to ensure safety and comfort for the animals.

    Set on five acres, this modern purpose-built facility provides more space and includes:

    • 20 kennels
    • Exercise Yards direct from kennels
    • 2 mum and puppy pens
    • 24 cat pens
    • Stockyards
    • Animal Treatment Room
    • Meet and Greet area for adoptions
    • Welcome Room
    • Extra Storage

    The six full and part-time staff who currently work with the RSPCA at the Shelter will have the option to transition short term to Council until permanent arrangements can be made.

    Last financial year (2016/2017), the Animal Shelter rehoused 1380 animals including cats, dogs, sheep, horses, goats and even a pig. This financial year to the end of April 2018, the shelter has supported 1179 animals showcasing there is a great need in the area for the service.

    Council is committed to keeping the shelter open and has an obligation under the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Impounding Act 1993 as the responsible authority for collecting roaming strays and impounding animals. This action is showing the community Council’s commitment and is urging the community to keep supporting the not for profit venture to ensure the animals are taken care of and rehomed whenever possible.

    “We will still need people to volunteer at the centre, to sponsor kennels, sponsor food and vet bills and more importantly, to adopt the animals that come through the door. We are trying to offset as many costs as we can through adoption fees, surrender fees, merchandise sales and sponsorship from our local community.

    “The team at Council are already making plans to ensure that this animal shelter will be a centre of excellence in best practice and in offering training for vets and students, through local universities.

    “We urge you to sign up to the new adoption Facebook page or visit the Council website to see what animals are available for adoption.”

    The new facility build was funded by Council’s Waste Management fees and business operations at a cost of $3 million. The old site in Flatrock Road, South Nowra will make way for a new Waste Recovery Transfer Centre.

    There are over 40,000 animals registered in the Shoalhaven which means nearly one animal per 2.5 people in the area.


  • Bite Prevention Facts

    about 2 months ago
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    84% dog attacks on children are from dogs closely associated with that family!!!

    8% are from dogs belonging to neighbors

    8% from dogs in no way associated with the family.

    Socialising your family dog is important.

    84% dog attacks on children are from dogs closely associated with that family!!!

    8% are from dogs belonging to neighbors

    8% from dogs in no way associated with the family.

    Socialising your family dog is important.
  • Paws and Think Funding

    3 months ago
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    The Paws and Think initiative has been supported and co-funded by Shoalhaven City Council and the Office of Local Government NSW.

    The Paws and Think initiative has been supported and co-funded by Shoalhaven City Council and the Office of Local Government NSW.

  • Make Sure Your Pet is Registered

    4 months ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council Ranger Services will be issuing Penalty Notices for unpaid / unregistered pets in the Shoalhaven.

    To avoid this fine, pet owners are encouraged and advised to have their pets which are microchipped and older than 6 months, lifetime registered immediately to avoid a fine of $275. This penalty is set by the State Government.

    Registering your pet can be easily completed online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. You can claim an existing pet, update your address and contact details, change ownership of your pet and pay lifetime registration fees online.
    If help is needed to register your pet please contact...

    Shoalhaven City Council Ranger Services will be issuing Penalty Notices for unpaid / unregistered pets in the Shoalhaven.

    To avoid this fine, pet owners are encouraged and advised to have their pets which are microchipped and older than 6 months, lifetime registered immediately to avoid a fine of $275. This penalty is set by the State Government.

    Registering your pet can be easily completed online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. You can claim an existing pet, update your address and contact details, change ownership of your pet and pay lifetime registration fees online.
    If help is needed to register your pet please contact or visit Shoalhaven City Council. The Pet Register is administered by all NSW Councils on behalf of the NSW State Government


  • Next Microchipping Day

    7 months ago
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    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


  • Containing your Dog

    7 months ago
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    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

  • Pets in Cars - Call 000

    7 months ago
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    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police. Call 000

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can...

    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police. Call 000

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can be expensive.

  • Dogs and New Year's Eve

    7 months ago
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    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If your pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear...

    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If your pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear photos of your pet on hand just in case.
    • If you are home, try playing games with your pet to distract them.
    • Give your pet a treat so they are busy when the fireworks are expected.
    Remember to keep your dog safe.

  • Cruelty to Animals

    7 months ago
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    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA on 1300 cruelty.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.

    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA on 1300 cruelty.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.