As a responsible pet owner you have an obligation to care for the health and well-being of your animal. Owning a pet can provide great joy and companionship but it does come with responsibility.

You have a duty to ensure your pet's activities do not interfere with your neighbours or the environment.

All pets have their own personality, however it is important that you select the animal that best complements your lifestyle. The type, breed, where you live, how you live, and what you want from a pet, should all be factored into your choice. 

Responsible Pet Ownership Tips for Cats

Identification - ensure your cat wears a collar and identification tag bearing your address or telephone number and ensure that your cat is permanently identified by microchip implant.  This could save you a lot of heartache.

De-sexing - cats confined to their property are less likely to be hurt in fights and pick up diseases from other cats. They are also less likely to be hit by cars and annoy neighbours.

Vaccinations - When you purchase a cat ensure you obtain a vaccination certificate to ensure its vaccinations are up to date. Cats should also have a check up with a vet once a year to ensure they are healthy and worming and vaccinations are current.

Confinement - Cats are instinctive hunters. You can protect wildlife in your neighbourhood by confining your cat to your property and placing a bell on your cat's collar.

Strays - Un-owned cats are a significant source of nuisance in the community. Council strongly encourages people to either be a responsible owner and take the cat in or take it to the Council Pound.

Trap Loans - Council has a limited supply of cat traps available for loan to the public. A deposit fee must be paid and an application form submitted.

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Responsible Pet Ownership Tips for Dogs

Barking - All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance - greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions. Barking dogs is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with.  Find out about how to manage barking or make a complaint by viewing our webpage on Barking Dogs.

Fences and confinement - A straying dog causes distress to neighbours and the community. Dogs that are not kept safely behind a fence can risk being injured or cause injury to others.  As a responsible pet owner, it is important that your fence or dog enclosure is:

  • High enough so your dog can't jump over it
  • Low enough so your dog can't dig under it
  • Strong enough so your dog can't push it over, and
  • Hole proof so your dog can't escape through it.

Read more in our Fences and Roaming Fact Sheet. (PDF, 56kb)

Pet litter - Leaving pet litter in a public place is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it's against the law.  Read our Pet Litter Fact Sheet (PDF, 53kb).

Leashes and Exercise - Dogs must be leashed at all times in public places to help control them more easily and to increase the safety of other animals and people. Remember that many people are frightened or annoyed by dogs that are not leashed; you should always be considerate of other people.

Managing Animals in a Disaster

It is up to you to plan ahead and to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets, livestock or other farm animals well before a natural hazard affects your home or farm. By acting early, you will avoid unnecessary danger and anxiety. Although individual needs will vary, the following Fact Sheet is intended to help you decide the best plan for your circumstances and region.

Managing Animals in a Disaster Fact Sheet (PDF, 63kb)

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