Responsible Pet Ownership

Keeping a Pet

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Why register my dog?

  • It is compulsory to register and microchip all dogs over the age of 12 weeks, in accordance with the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, with the exception of working dogs as defined in the Act.
  • As a responsible pet owner it is your obligation to ensure your pets are identifiable, healthy, safely contained and do not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.
  • Please note: Having your dog microchipped is not the same as registering your dog with Council. These two processes are not related and only Council can register your dog.

What are my options?

  • The dog registration period is from 1 August to 31 July with the option of either one (1) year or three (3) year registration periods.
  • At registration you will be issued a registration tag that contains specific information about your dog. It must be attached to your dog's collar for identification, ensuring that should your pet get lost or wander it can be quickly reunited with you by Council's Local Laws Officers.
  • Owners of unregistered dogs can incur an on the spot fine.
  • One (1) year and three (3) year dog registrations expire 31 July regardless of the month your dog is registered.
  • Dog registration renewal notices are forwarded to registered dog owners in July of the year of expiry and must be renewed by 31 July.
  • Dog Renewal Smart Notices are sent direct to your phone providing all the information of paper notice plus extra online features. To nominate your preferred mobile contact number simply call 1300 COUNCIL or email info@wdrc.qld.gov.au. Find out more about Smart Notices.
  • Council recommends desexing your pet by a vet, at an appropriate age and offers incentivised registration fees for desexed dogs. A copy of the Desexing Certificate is required at time of registration.
  • There is no discount period and no ‘pro rata’ offered on registration renewals.
  • Concessions apply for Pensioners.
  • No refunds are payable on dog registrations, including three (3) year registrations.

 

What Cat Owners Need to Know

Registration

  • Cats are no longer required to be registered with Council.
  • To enable your cat to be returned to you in the event it is picked up by Council, all pet owners are encouraged to ensure their pets are microchipped.

Microchipping

  • All cats must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age.
  • All cats must be microchipped when sold or given away.Grey cat

Desexing

  • Desexing of cats is not compulsory, however it is recommended because of benefits to your animal’s temperament and the community.
  • Desexing of cats also prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the number of unwanted cats which cause nuisance and have to be put down.

 

What Dog Owners Need to Know

Registration

  • Registration for all dogs is compulsory, including on rural properties. There is an exemption from registration requirements for bona fide working dogs (as defined in the Act, see definition below).
  • Puppies must be registered by 12 weeks of age.
  • Desexed dogs are eligible for a substantial discount on registration costs. Proof of desexing is required prior to discount registration being granted.
  • Registration forms available from your nearest Customer Service Centre.
  • Registration forms are to be submitted, with payment, to your nearest Customer Service Centre where a tag will be provided.
  • Registration tags will contain a unique registration number which will allow Council officers to contact you if your dog is picked up. No personal details will be contained on this tag or released to the public without your express permission.

Microchipping

  • All dogs under 12 weeks of age must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age.Dog with red lead
  • All dogs must be microchipped when sold or given away.
  • Microchip numbers for dogs under 12 weeks of age must be provided when registering your dog.
  • If your dog is already microchipped, this number should be provided on your registration form, so that your dog can be returned if it strays without a tag.
  • All declared regulated (menacing, dangerous or restricted) dogs as defined in the act are required to be microchipped.

Desexing

  • Desexing of dogs is not compulsory, however it is recommended and offers significant discounts on fees.
  • If your dog is a declared dangerous or restricted breed, desexing is mandatory.
  • Proof of desexing (desexing certificate or letter from vet) is required prior to discount registration being granted.
  • If you do not have a certificate that your dog is desexed, contact your local vet to see if they are able to provide a letter confirming it has previously been desexed. Bringing your animal to Council is not proof that it has been desexed, as officers will not look at animals which are brought in.
  • Desexing of dogs is recommended because of benefits to your animal’s temperament, and the community.
  • Desexing of dogs also prevents accidents from occurring and reduces the number of unwanted dogs which cause nuisance and have to be put down.

What is a working dog?

Definition of a working dog –

  1. A dog usually kept or proposed to be kept –
    1. on rural land; and
    2. by an owner who is a primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer; and
    3. primarily for the purpose of –
      1. droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; or
      2. being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; and
  2. does not include a class of dog prescribed under a regulation.

 

Animal Management Fact Sheets

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Fact Sheet 1 – Responsible Dog Ownership 503.71 KB
Fact Sheet 2 – Dog Off Leash Area 111.96 KB