Owning a Pet

Owning a pet can be great fun. It brings many rewards and pets can be a very important part of life. However, ownership also means responsibility. There are numerous local laws that aim to protect your pet's health and safety and also to protect the rights of other people and the environment.

Cats in the Community

Cats are highly valued companion pets in thousands of Australian households; almost 30% of homes have a cat. We often don't notice cats as much as dogs due to their size and nature, however, they can still make quite an impact - both positive and negative - on our community and environment. There are a number of responsibilities you have as a cat owner. Read more

Barking Dogs

As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog does not create a nuisance by barking. Read more

Choosing a Pet

Deciding to become a pet owner requires very considered thought and planning - all potential pet owners need to be sure they are really ready to take on the responsibility of owning a pet before going ahead and making a choice of a breed of animal. Read more

Dangerous Dogs

A dog that attacks a person or animal causing serious injury, may be declared dangerous by Council. A dog may also be declared dangerous if it is trained or is being trained for attack or guard dog purposes or has previously been declared dangerous by another Council. Read more

De-sexing your Pet

Cats and dogs are able to start their reproductive lives at a very young age and throughout their lifetime can potentially deliver many litters of kittens or puppies. Read more

Dogs and Kids

Teach Your Child the Do's and Don'ts Read more

Lost and Found or Impounded Animals

If your animal has been lost or if you have found an animal, please contact Council. Read more

Microchipping Your Pet

All cats and dogs registered with Council for the first time must be microchipped prior to registration. Read more

Pets in Emergencies

Your animals are your responsibility. It is up to you to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets in case of an emergency. Read more

Nuisance Cats

A cat is considered a nuisance if it injures or endangers the health of any person or creates a noise which persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises. Read more

Responsible Pet Ownership

The Domestic (Feral & Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 states that all dogs and cats over 3 months of age must be registered with Council and registration must be renewed annually. Registration must be paid by 10 April each year. Penalties apply for failing to register cats and dogs. Read more

Useful Pet Contacts

Part of pet ownership responsibility is ensuring your pet is well fed, all its medical needs are met, it is trained if necessary and that you get the best advice on how to look after your pet. Read more

Dog off-leash areas