Ensuring safe and responsible pet ownership

Published on 16 September 2021


One of Council’s roles is to support safe and responsible ownership of the 6350 dogs and 3262 cats that have made a home in our City to ensure these much-loved pets are well-cared for and do not cause a nuisance to others.

The Domestic Animal Management (DAM) Plan determines how this is done with guidelines around:

  • the registration of cats and dogs
  • the registration of domestic animal businesses
  • responding to animal nuisances and complaints
  • promoting responsible pet ownership
  • undertaking microchip checking to reunite animals with their owners

It also outlines the programs, services and policies that underpin management and evaluation of animal safety and welfare, community safety and welfare, and promote responsible pet ownership.

Following an internal review, we’ve made some changes to better promote the services relevant to animal management with an enhanced focus on public safety, animal welfare, resident service, community harmony, education, prevention and enforcement.

Some of the key upgrades include: developing new internal guidelines and work processes to support and enhance best practice service delivery, and developing educational services and resources on safe and responsible animal management to share with our community.

We’re seeking feedback from residents – both pet owners and non-pet owners – on the revised document. Visit Your City Your Voice to review the Draft Plan and provide feedback.Comments close 24 September 2021.

This review is in line with legislative requirements, which require Council to review its Domestic Animal Management Plan every four years.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke

Our community love their household pets, there’s no doubt about it with 6350 household dogs and 3262 cats currently registered in our municipality. But, with pet ownership comes responsibilities.

We’ve refined our existing Domestic Animal Management Plan to improve the way we support pet owners to ensure their animals are well-cared for and don’t cause a nuisance to others.

I encourage residents – whether you own a pet or not – to have your say on the Draft Plan to make sure it reflects their needs.

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