Dog & Cat Ownership

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Ownership requirementsKitten and puppy

Council encourages all pet owners to be responsible for their pet's actions. Pets are referred to as "companion animals".

Our objectives are set out in the Companion Animal Management Plan 2013-2016.

Responsible pet ownership includes not only proper housing but feeding, control, care and breeding. This also includes microchipping and registering your animal. 

Microchipping

All cats and dogs must be permanently identified with a microchip:

  • by 12 weeks of age, or
  • at point of sale, or
  • at change of ownership, whichever occurs first.

When you have your companion animal microchipped at the vets your vet will complete an identification form and submit that to Council.  Your pet is then entered onto the NSW Companion Animals Register.

Registering your pet

It is important to remember that microchipping does not take the place of registration - you must still register your pet at six months of age.  Registration of your pet is also entered on the NSW Companion Animals Register.  Read more...

Identifying your pet

Dogs must wear a collar with a tag that shows the name of the dog and the address or telephone number of the owner.  It is a good idea for cats to wear some form of identification too.

Desexing

All pet owners are encouraged to desex their animals. There are many advantages for desexing your pet including:

  • reducing the cost of registration
  • eliminating the risk of unwanted or uncontrolled breeding.
  • eliminating the risk of serious diseases including reproductive cancers
  • desexed pets grow up cleaner, healthier, quieter and more home loving
  • desexed pets are less aggressive than entire animals and make safer family pets particularly for those families with young children
  • desexing cats significantly reduces antisocial behaviour such as fighting and "spraying"
  • desexed dogs will not become fat unless they are overfed and under exercised.

Thousands of unwanted puppies, kittens, cats and dogs are destroyed by animal welfare agencies each year because there are simply not enough homes for them.