Families in Tweed looking to bring a new furry friend home this Christmas are encouraged to ‘Adopt not shop’ when making their choice.

Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said free lifetime pet registration is now on offer for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animal shelters to ensure more dogs and cats find a forever home.

“Prospective pet owners should consider the responsibilities of animal ownership in the house.”

“Anyone thinking about adopting a pet this Christmas should also consider the ongoing responsibility and commitment required to care for a pet dog or cat.”

“Pets are a lifetime commitment. People also need to think carefully about the type of animal that is right for them and their circumstances including breed, size and age.”

“In July we introduced free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue dog or cat, which to date has saved more than $128,000 for nearly 5,000 pet owners”.

“We are committed to encouraging responsible pet ownership and strengthening animal welfare standards across the State,” Mr Provest said.

More information on adoption options can be found on the Pet Registry website.