Responsible Pet Ownership

For many Australians pets are important members of the family. A pet can be a joy but they are a big responsibility.

Pets can provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love. Pet ownership also teaches children responsibility, and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills.

Responsible pet ownership involves:

  • choosing the right pet for your family’s lifestyle
  • caring for your all aspects of your pet’s daily well-being including feeding, dry sleeping conditions, vaccinations, worming and flea treatments, appropriate exercise and socialisation
  • complying with the law and ensuring your pet doesn’t cause problems in the community by keeping your registration and microchipping details up to date, always walking your dog on a lead and having secure fencing and containment

As part of responsible pet ownership, every owner should consider desexing their animal if they aren’t planning on breeding from it.

The benefits of desexing your pet include:

  • less shelters and pounds having to euthanase animals due to overpopulation
  • in most cases your pet will be better behaved and less likely to roam
  • lower risks of certain types of cancers in cats and dogs
  • discount registration costs

A common complaint in Local Laws is barking dogs. Barking is a natural behaviour for dogs but it can often be a sign that something is upsetting them such as; boredom, loneliness, to alert you of something, or fear. 

To report a dog barking, please contact the Community Safety team on 5355 0200 or


Whether pets are at home with you, relocated during fire risk days or brought along on holidays, you need to plan and prepare for their safety as well as your family’s and your own. Information on how to prepare your pets for an emergency is available by clicking here.