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Who is the ACA?

ACA is a national incorporated association representing the interests of all animal hobbyists. Led by a strong committee composed of representatives for each major animal group – as pictured and outlined above. To find out more about how the ACA is representing your favourite animals simply follow the links above.

You can have a voice – ACA has established Animal Advisory Groups for each main species. Individual members and member organisations can request to be included in these groups, so join ACA today and help by having your say!

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Why ACA?

ACA was established as an independant animal welfare organisation, by uniting experienced animal keepers, carers and breeders. Extreme animal rights and animal liberationist ideologies have been influencing government legislation, regulation and policy development & implementation, without proper consultation, at the expense of you and your animals. We are here to provide a trustworthy, balanced voice – protecting you and your animals.

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Latest Issues

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Dog/cat grooming still permitted in NSW.

Owners of vulnerable pets requiring grooming have a reasonable excuse to leave their residences to obtain pet grooming services. Evidence that the pet’s hair has started to matt should be sufficient.

A pet owner who lives in a RESTRICTED LGA can take their dog to a salon in their affected LGA or obtain the services of a mobile pet groomer who lives in the same LGA

Pet groomers may continue to provide services following all COVID safety arrangements.

Pet groomers who live in Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta, Georges River or Campbellton LGA's can only leave their residence to attend work outside of their LGA if they are an authorised worker.
An authorised worker includes a worker working in animal welfare, care and accommodation services but excludes pet grooming unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason.

‘Immediate animal welfare reason’ appears to require that the animal requiring grooming is either currently suffering (e.g. matted hair causing pain) or about to suffer (e.g. matted hair starting to cause irritation) unless the pet is groomed immediately.
Please also note from 30th July there is a limited travelling radius of 5km for residents within the 8 restricted LGA's. Animals being groomed will need to be from within that 5km radius.

Further information: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19/outdoor-activities-and-animal-welfare

ACA would like to remind everyone to please STAY AT HOME unless the need for your dog or cat to be groomed IS an immediate animal welfare issue. Please respect the intent of the stay at home orders.
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Dog/cat grooming still permitted in NSW.

Owners of vulnerable pets requiring grooming have a reasonable excuse to leave their residences to obtain pet grooming services. Evidence that the pet’s hair has started to matt should be sufficient.

A pet owner who lives in a RESTRICTED LGA can take their dog to a salon in their affected LGA or obtain the services of a mobile pet groomer who lives in the same LGA

Pet groomers may continue to provide services following all COVID safety arrangements.

Pet groomers who live in Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Parramatta, Georges River or Campbellton LGAs can only leave their residence to attend work outside of their LGA if they are an authorised worker. 
An authorised worker includes a worker working in animal welfare, care and accommodation services but excludes pet grooming unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason.

‘Immediate animal welfare reason’ appears to require that the animal requiring grooming is either currently suffering (e.g. matted hair causing pain) or about to suffer (e.g. matted hair starting to cause irritation) unless the pet is groomed immediately.
Please also note from 30th July there is a limited travelling radius of 5km for residents within the 8 restricted LGAs. Animals being groomed will need to be from within that 5km radius. 

Further information:  https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/home/covid-19/outdoor-activities-and-animal-welfare

ACA would like to remind everyone to please STAY AT HOME unless the need for your dog or cat to be groomed IS an immediate animal welfare issue.  Please respect the intent of the stay at home orders.

Comment on Facebook Dog/cat grooming ...

Thank you for writing about COVID-19 rules for dog grooming services. Under the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021, pet grooming services are not directed to close. Additional restrictions apply to persons who live in the Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland and Blacktown local government areas (LGAs). This list is subject to change and the latest advice can be found on the NSW Government website. People living in LGAs which have additional restrictions may only leave their residence to attend work outside of their LGA if they are an authorised worker. The list of authorised workers is published on the NSW Government website. It excludes pet grooming services unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason. Persons in these LGAs may not leave their LGA to provide pet grooming services, unless there is an immediate animal welfare reason. Please note thatworker testing requirements may also apply. For your own safety and the safety of your clients, NSW Health encourages you to reschedule any grooming services that can be delayed or are not required for animal welfare purposes. The Public Health Orders are subject to change. To keep up to date with the latest news and changes, please visit the NSW Government website. Thank you again for writing. Regards Office of the Hon. Brad Hazzard MP Minister for Health and Medical Research T: 8574 6000 E: [email protected]

My wife runs a solo grooming Salon from our garage in one of the affected LGA's. She has no staff and complies with all covid safe protocols. No customers enter the salon. We still can't confirm if she can operate?

This is confusing and frustrating though - local grooming places, including DIY washing stations, have closed, quoting lockdown restrictions as excluding grooming salons. But connected pet stores remain open.

Thank you

Carolyn Harrison

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July is National Desexing Month, so if you've been wanting to get your pet desexed, now is the time to do it with great discount offers available across the country.

National Desexing Month, an initiative run by the National Desexing Network, encourages pet owners to have their pets desexed and help reduce the number of unwanted pets being born. Pet owners can visit www.ndn.org.au to find a participating vet or rescue in their local area.

Did you know?
Animal Welfare League NSW has many wonderful volunteer branches across NSW who run discount desexing programs throughout the entire year, some of which are running special offers this month for pensioner cardholders. Simply give AWL NSW a call on 02 8899 3333 or visit www.awlnsw.com.au/find-us to find an AWL NSW branch near you.

Why should I desex my pet?
There are many reasons why pet owners should consider desexing their pets. As well as helping to stop pet overpopulation and reducing euthanasia rates, there are also many health, behavioural and financial benefits to having your pet desexed. Read them here: ndn.org.au/about-ndn/
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