Responsible Pet Ownership


Monday 4 – Saturday 23 November 2019

The Animal Care and Adoption Centre are offering adult cat adoptions for $50 and kitten adoptions for $100 from 4 – 23 November 2019!

All cats and kittens available for adoption are

  • de-sexed,
  • wormed,
  • microchipped,
  • and had their first vaccination.

Cat approval is included in the adoption price.

All cats and kittens have been temperament assessed to ensure they are suitable for re-homing. If you already have a pet, please bring them along for a meet and greet!

Remember, if you are renting, you must have approval from your landlord.

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.


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.

Preparing for an Emergency with Pets (PDF, 75.5 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, council must be contacted within five days from the date found.

To reclaim your pet please contact the Animal Care and Adoption Centre on 0457 769 362 during the below opening hours.

Outside of these hours, please contact Council on 13 48 10.

Animal Care and Adoption Centre Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 9:30am to 3:30pm
Saturday - 9:30am to 2pm
Sunday - CLOSED

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

Boxer (PDF 197.6 KB)

The Boxer wants to meet you, your children and other members of the family. In fact the boxer’s strongest characteristic is his desire for human affection.

British Bulldog (PDF 164.1 KB)

The bulldog’s shoulders are tacked on, that is placed on the sides of the chest and not underneath it.

Bull Terrier (PDF 199.0 KB)

The Bull Terrier needs to be carefully disciplined and most of all loved, in fact treat him as you would your children, punish him when he is naughty and reward him when he is good.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (PDF 179.6 KB)

Energetic and loving, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel makes the perfect family pet, but it must be stressed they are dogs that belong with people.

Chihuahua (PDF 141.7 KB)

Alert, little dog, happy, spirited and intelligent. These little dogs thrive on human company and have a surprisingly loud bark.

Cocker Spaniel (PDF 121.8 KB)

Cocker Spaniels are gentle and affectionate, yet full of life and exuberance.

Corgi (PDF 171.7 KB)

The Corgi is a small sized, sturdy little dog that is
set low to the ground with a fox like face.

Dachshund (PDF 155.0 KB)

The Dachshund is bold, curious and always up for adventure. They are independent but will join in with their families’ activities.

Dalmation (PDF 229.2 KB)

The Dalmatian is noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat on a dense white background.

Dobermann (PDF 303.8 KB)

The Dobermann is muscular and elegant and capable of great speed. Colours can be black, brown, blue and fawn with red rust markings.