Budget tips for finding and caring for your pet in Sydney
One of the joys of having a pet in Sydney is the companionship and fun they can bring. But pet ownership also brings with it some responsibilities and expenses, therefore you must prepare for your new family member.
Here’s some ways to save cash while finding and caring for your pet in Sydney CBD
Finding your pet
You don’t have to go to an expensive breeder or pet shop to meet the newest member of your family.
- Try Doggie Rescue, the NSW Animal Welfare League, the RSPCA and the Cat Protection Society in Newtown.
- Animal rescue shelters like these have dogs, cats, bunnies, mice, birds, reptiles and other animals just waiting to be welcomed into new loving homes.
- Your rescue pet will have been examined by a vet, vaccinated, micro-chipped and desexed. The adoption fee is a fraction of expensive pet store or breeder prices.
- Other options for finding your new pet at a price that suits your budget include Gumtree, the TradingPost, PetsOnline and PetSale.
Registering your pet
If your pet is a dog or cat, you’ll need to register them with the City of Sydney or your local council.
- The law requires all dogs (except farm working dogs and greyhounds) to be microchipped and registered for life. This is the same for all cats sold or given away after 1 July 1999.
- Registration fees vary depending on the whether your animal is de-sexed.
- Eligible pensioners receive significant discounts, so be sure to check when contacting the council.
Getting out and about with your pet
It’s great to let your dog have a big run around off the leash, especially at one of the many designated off-leash areas around Sydney CBD.
- Check the council’s website for a full listing and map of these designated areas.
- You and your dog will love exploring Centennial Parklands. This is one of the most dog-friendly public parks in Sydney CBD. In fact approximately 43 per cent (or 154 hectares) of its open space as off-leash areas!
- There’s also some great off-leash dog parks in the Waverley Council area, as well as in the Woollahra and Leichardt
- Be aware that the law says your animals must wear a collar and tag at all times when outside your property.
Grabbing a coffee or bite to eat with your pet
After you’ve enjoyed a nice long walk together and worked up an appetite, it’s nice to stop somewhere for a cuppa where you know your furry friend is also welcome.
Buying food and accessories for your pet
When your pet is sick
When your pet needs pampering
Many breeds need regular grooming to keep their coat and nails in good health and condition.
So no matter what you need for your pet, there’s plenty of friendly places and businesses in the Sydney CBD area that have it covered, most importantly, without having to spend a heap of cash!
Furthermore, if you are in need of a quick cash loan for when those unexpected vet bills that arise, call City Finance Sydney CBD branch on (02) 9212 2267 or apply online now.