Responsible Pet Ownership

Free Microchipping Day - Magnetic Island

Council is offering free microchipping to registered dogs and approved cats on Sunday 25 February between 9-11 am. The event will take place at Lions Park, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island.

Microchipping your pet greatly increases the chances of you reuniting with them if they become lost.

On the spot registrations will be available for a fee. Dogs must be on leads and cats must be in cages. Kittens and puppies must be at least 8 weeks old to be registered.

* Only one cat permitted per household on Magnetic Island. *

As a responsible pet owner you have an obligation to care for the health and well-being of your animal. Owning a pet can provide great joy and companionship but it does come with responsibility. You have a duty to ensure your pet's activities do not interfere with your neighbours or the environment. This Responsible Pet Ownership factsheet gives an overview of the responsibilities of owning a pet.

All pets have their own personality, however it is important that you select the animal that best complements your lifestyle. The type, breed, where you live, how you live, and what you want from a pet, should all be factored into your choice.



There are a number of initiatives council is involved in to promote responsible pet ownership within the community. Such initiatives include:

  • Free Microchipping Day
  • Hosting our Annual Pet Expo in June each year
  • Regular educational displays at community events including Defence Expo, Careers Day, Seniors Day, Million Paws Walk, Cyclone Sunday
  • Partnerships with local animal management allies such as veterinarians and  obedience clubs
  • Involvement with Australian Institute of Animal Management (AIAM)

Managing Animals in a Disaster

It is up to you to plan ahead and to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets, livestock or other farm animals well before a natural hazard affects your home or farm. By acting early, you will avoid unnecessary danger and anxiety. Although individual needs will vary, the following advice is intended to help you decide the best plan for your circumstances and region.

Pets and Cyclones Fact Sheet (PDF, 358.1 KB)

Find out more about disaster information for yourself, your family and your pets.

Missing Pets

The following pets have been rescued from the streets of Townsville. They have not had registration disks or any form of identification on them to allow us to return them home.

If you believe one of these pets is yours, please visit the RSPCA website or contact them immediately on 4774 5130.

You will be required to provide officers with proof of identity prior to the rescued pets being released to you.


The keeping of Livestock in the Townsville region is governed by Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011.

Livestock are administered under the same laws as all other domestic animals. These laws require animals to be kept upon their own land at all times and are not allowed to wander or stray from their enclosures. These animals are to be kept in accordance with the law and must not cause a nuisance.

Dog Breeds

Alaskan Malamute (PDF 200.4 KB)

The Alaskan Malamute is powerful, independent and strong-willed. Malamutes are usually quite dogs who bark less but do howl like wolves.

American Staffordshire Terrier (PDF 194.3 KB)

These dogs should be friendly, extremely attentive and extraordinarily devoted. They need a firm, confident, consistent owner who understands how to display proper leadership.

Australian Cattle Dog (PDF 150.2 KB)

Naturally suspicious of strangers and will protect the family and possessions with their life.

Australian Kelpie (PDF 128.4 KB)

The Kelpie is extremely alert, eager and highly intelligent and will want to be your constant companion, but must have clear defined boundaries.

Australian Shepherd (PDF 180.1 KB)

Aussies are “people” dogs that thrive on human companionship.

Australian Silky Terrier (PDF 124.9 KB)

The Australian Silky Terrier has a fine silky coat that will not shed hair and does not have a doggy smell.

Beagle (PDF 136.2 KB)

Beagles need much more exercise than most owners give them which are why you see so many Beagles overweight.

Bichon Frise (PDF 317.3 KB)

The Bichon is a small sturdy white powder puff. The breed is considered to be “non-allergenic” by many people, and so may be the ideal dog for people with allergy problems.

Bloodhound (PDF 166.0 KB)

The Bloodhound is very stubborn, disobedient and is a “pack hound” and therefore does not like to live alone.

Border Collie (PDF 174.1 KB)

Border Collies are a loyal, loving family pet that is highly intelligent, with an instinctive tendency to work and is readily responsive to training.