Lithgow Animal Shelter

Lithgow Animal Shelter will have limited public access from Monday 30th March 2020

Lithgow Animal Shelter will have limited public access from Monday 30th March due to COVID 19 restrictions

The outbreak of COVID 19 has placed State Government restrictions on social distancing during all public contact. Council has recently closed its Customer Service Centre to public contact. In keeping with these restrictions the Lithgow Animal Shelter will have limited public access from Monday March 30th.

Members of the public will only be able to attend the shelter between 3 & 4 pm weekdays by appointment with Councils Rangers.  Appointments can be arranged for the collection of lost animals or the adoption of a new pet. During these exchanges person to person contact will be reduced through the use of the animal drop box.

As an interim arrangement during this period the animal drop boxes will be closed to the public after hours and on weekends. No voluntary surrenders of animals will be accepted during this period. Council appreciates your understanding during this time.

Lithgow City Council Animal Shelter is located off Geordie Street, Lithgow.

Drop off boxes are located at the front gate.

Opening hours for public access and enquiries are 3-4pm Monday – Friday.

All release fees are to be paid at Councils customer service located at 180 Mort Street Lithgow (the associated fees must be paid before the release of your animal).

Cashiers are open from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm.

All enquires please phone Council's customer service on 02 6354 9999.

Registration Requirements for pets

All dogs and cats over the age of six months are required by the Companion Animals Act to be registered. Dog registrations are transferable from one Council area to another within the State of New South Wales.

How to lifetime register your dog

Lifetime registration can be done at Council's administration Centre.

You will require the following documentation when lifetime registering your pet:

  • A certificate of microchipping or a letter from your vet
  • Proof of desexing from your vet or a statutory declaration
  • Any documents which entitle you to a discount i.e. pensioner card
  • Payment of the fee

The fees for companion animals’ registration for 2019/20 are;

Non- desexed Companion Animal $210.00
Desexed Companion Animal $58.00
Non-desexed Companion Animal owned by registered breeder $58.00
Desexed Companion Animal owned by an eligible pensioner $25.00
Desexed Animal sold by eligible pound or shelter $29.00
Working Dog no fee

Where do I get my dog or cat micro-chipped and/or desexed?

Bowenfels Vet Clinic 
1115 Great Western Highway, Bowenfels NSW 2790
Ph:  02 6351 2500

Lithgow Veterinary Hospital 
239 Main Street, Lithgow NSW 2790
Ph: 02 6351 3269

Hartley Vet & Animal Centre 
5 Baaners Lane, Hartley NSW 2790
 Ph: 02 6355 2272


Pet Adoption and Lost Animals Information

Responsible Cat Ownership

While cats are great companions and can have many positive impacts on human heath, it is important to be a responsible cat owner. One important part of being a responsible cat owner and living in a beautiful natural area such as the Lithgow Local Government area is protecting the native wildlife.

To encourage responsible cat ownership, Lithgow City Council has developed an information flyer with some helpful hints.

Download  Responsible Cat Ownership 


Off leash areas

Off leash Areas;

Dogs are required to be restrained while in a public place with the exception of prescribed dog exercise areas. These areas include the designated fenced areas of:

  • Endeavour Park, Lithgow
  • Montague St , Lithgow
  • Lake Wallace, Wallerawang
  • Williwa St, Portland

Rescue groups that support Lithgow City Council’s Animal Shelter

Australian Working Dog Rescue –

RSPCA Katoomba -

Hearts for Animals -

Companion Animals Pet Registry website

The Pet Registry is an online database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in NSW. The register has been developed to return lost pets to their owners and to promote responsible pet ownership in the community.

If you have registered your cat or dog and it goes missing, the microchip can be scanned by an authorised person so your pet can be safely returned to you.

Owners are encouraged to create an online profile and claim their existing pets and to register ownership of any new cats and dogs. Online access to the register will give you access to update your contact details, report your pet missing and change the owner of pets.

To get your pet microchipped, or find out the microchip number, please take your pet to your local vet.

View Companion Animals Pet Registry Website