20 April 2016
Our top tips for getting out and about with your pet in Wollongong
One of the joys of having a pet is the companionship and fun they can bring. In the Gong there’s loads of lovely places where you can enjoy taking your little mate out with a long walk or to join you for a coffee at your favourite café. But pet ownership also brings with it some responsibilities and expenses. Here’s our guide to some money saving ways you can find and look after your pet.
Finding your pet
While some prospective pet owners have a firm idea about what type and breed of pet they’d like, you don’t have to go to an expensive breeder or pet shop to meet the newest member of your family.
- The Wollongong Animal Rescue Network is a registered non-profit charity set up to help save abandoned and neglected companion animals in need.
- There’s also the RSPCA NSW Illawarra shelter in Unanderra, which provides the best possible care to surrendered, neglected, unwanted, sick or injured animals.
- Animal rescue shelters like these have dogs, cats, bunnies, mice, birds, reptiles and other animals just waiting to be welcomed into new loving homes.
- So not only will you be rescuing your pet, but you can rest assured they’ve been examined by a vet, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed, and 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 Wollongong City Council.
- The law requires all dogs (except farm working dogs and greyhounds) to be microchipped and registered for life, and the same for all cats sold or given away after 1 July 1999.
- Registration fees range from $21 to $192 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
- Parks where your dog can happily play off the leash include Proud Park in Helensburgh, Riley Park in Unanderra and King George IV Park in Port Kembla.
- Beaches you and your dog can enjoy together include Sharkeys Coledale, Little Austinmer, MCauley’s Thirroul, East Corrimal and Coniston.
- Wollongong Council’s Dogs on beaches and parks in Wollongong brochure outlines dog parks and beach areas where your dog is allowed off their lead, and those in which you’re allowed to have your dog off the leash at certain times.
- 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.
- Try this handy guide to pet-friendly cafes and restaurants in Wollongong & The Illawarra to choose a spot near you.
Buying food and accessories for your pet
- There are loads of great pet supply stores in the Wollongong area.
- WordOfMouthOnline has some helpful reviews of pet stores in your local area by other pet owners, to help you choose one that best meets your needs.
When your pet is sick
- There are lots of professional and helpful vet clinics in the Wollongong area.
- Some local favourites include Cannon & Ball Veterinary Surgeons in West Wollongong, Balgownie Veterinary Hospital and Greencross Vets on Crown Street.
When your pet needs pampering
Many breeds need regular grooming to keep their coat and nails in good health and condition.
- There are loads of friendly pet groomers in the Wollongong area.
- This handy pet grooming directory helps match you with the right services for your pet in your local area, and features reviewers from other pet owners.
So no matter what you need for your pet, there’s plenty of friendly places and businesses in the Wollongong area that have it covered!