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‘Petiquette’ campaign to encourage responsible pet ownership

A NEW campaign has been launched for Inverell dog and cat lovers to increase awareness of pet etiquette or ‘petiquette’.
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The initiative aims to stem the amount of roaming pets on Inverell streets and to prompt residents to become responsible pet owners.

The campaign is being led by Inverell Shire Council, thanks to funding secured from the

NSW government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Program and comes on the back of a highly successful subsidised microchipping, vaccination and desexing program

delivered to more than one hundred pensioners and residents on low incomes.

The program involved a partnership between Council, Inverell Vet Clinic, Gowrie Vet Clinic and the volunteers of Inverell RSPCA sub-branch.

Under the petiquette campaign, council has released an information card, outlining the basics of responsible pet ownership.

Tips include such as picking up after your pet, walking your dog on a leash, making sure pet dogs do not roam and ensuring cats are inside at night.

The flip side of the card also allows residents to let neighbours know if their pet has been causing a nuisance in the neighbourhood.

Mayor Paul Harmon indicated the concept has been implemented elsewhere in Australia with favourable results.

“Many residents may not realise their pet dog is straying or perhaps barking excessively while they’re out,” Cr Harmon said.

“The card provides a simple means of letting owners know, so they can take action.”

Those using the card can remain anonymous.

“Lack of responsible pet ownership can greatly reduce the quality of life for neighbours and increase neighbourhood tension, so if we can nip things in the bud, it helps everyone concerned,” Cr Harmon said.

Copies of the petiquette postcards will be distributed to Inverell residences shortly.

The postcards will also be available at the council administration centre and Inverell Library.

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