Your Pet Your Responsibility


With the new dog breeder legislation that commenced on Friday 26 May 2017, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has developed the following fact sheets and documents to assist local government officers and members of the public:

These fact sheets are now available on the DAF website along with an FAQs page.

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 behaviour, 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. 

Register new pets easily online - click here 

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, (Four Paws has now introduced a Desexing Subsidy)
  • 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.