Your Pet Your Responsibility

Being a pet owner is extremely rewarding, but it is also a big responsibility. As well as caring for a companion animal, owners are responsible for their pet’s behavior, registration and general well-being. 

On the following pages you'll find information on owning domestic pets like cats and dogs. There's also a rundown of lost animals, pound facilities, feral animals and the legal requirements of registering your pets. 

Your Pet Your Responsibility

Council encourages all residents to practice responsible pet ownership.

Being a responsible pet owner includes:

  • Providing adequate food, water, shelter and bedding for your pet,
  • Regular exercising and providing toys to control nuisance behaviour (such as barking, digging and straying),
  • Vaccinating your pets against disease and seeking professional medical care when needed,
  • Clearly identifying your pet through registering and microchipping,
  • Desexing your pet to help stop the spread of unwanted kittens and puppies,
  • Maintaining suitable fences to contain your dog on your property,
  • Walking your dog on a lead as well as scooping the poop!
  • Properly socialising your dog with other pets,
  • Arranging suitable care for your pet when you go on holiday,
  • Properly securing your pets during storms/fireworks/loud events, and
  • Choosing the right pet to suit your lifestyle factors such as having a small backyard, renting rather than owning a property and spending extended time away from home can impact on your pet’s welfare.
  • Take all reasonable steps to prevent your animal for making a noise or disturbance that causes nuisance or disturbance to occupiers of other premises.