Responsible Pet Ownership
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.
Responsible Pet Ownership Tips for Cats
- Identification - ensure your cat wears a collar and identification tag bearing your address or telephone number or by having your cat permanently identified by microchip implant could save you a lot of heartache.
- De-sexing - cats confined to their property are less likely to be hurt in fights and pick up diseases from other cats. They are also less likely to be hit by cars and annoy neighbours.
- Vaccinations - When you purchase a cat ensure you obtain a vaccination certificate to ensure its vaccinations are up to date. Cats should also have a check up with a vet once a year to ensure they are healthy and worming and vaccinations are current.
- Confinement - Cats are instinctive hunters. You can protect wildlife in your neighbourhood by confining your cat to your property and placing a bell on your cat's collar.
- Strays - Unowned cats are a significant source of nuisance in the community. Council strongly encourages people to either be a responsible owner and take the cat in or take it to the animal care and adoption centre. If your neighbour has a roaming cat, you can notify them with this letter.
- Are you a cat breeder, hobbyist, fosterer or own multiple cats? Council is now actively engaging all owners within the Townsville City Council region to ensure that the relevant approvals are in place in accordance with Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011. Read our fact sheet for more information.
Responsible Pet Ownership Tips for Dogs
- Barking - All dogs bark, but some barking dogs become a real neighbourhood nuisance - greatly reducing the quality of life for their neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tensions. Barking dogs is the most common animal behaviour problem Council is asked to deal with. Find out about how to manage barking or make a complaint.
- Fences and confinement - A straying dog causes distress to neighbours and the community. Dogs that are not kept safely behind a fence can risk being injured or cause injury to others. As a responsible pet owner, it is important that your fence or dog enclosures is:
- High enough so your dog can't jump over it
- Low enough so your dog can't dig under it
- Strong enough so your dog can't push it over, and
- Hole proof so your dog can't escape through it.
- Pet litter - Leaving pet litter in a public place is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it's against the law. Council has provided dog litter bags in some public areas across Townsville including the Strand, Castle Hill, Ross River Walkway and designated off leash areas. If walking in an area where bags are not provided, you are responsible to take your own with you.
- Leashes and Exercise - Dogs must be leashed at all times in public places to help control them more easily and to increase the safety of other animals and people. Remember that many people are frightened or annoyed by dogs that are not leashed; you should always be considerate of other people. Council provides a number of off leash areas for dogs around the city. Read our fact sheet on leashes and exercise or find out where your nearest dog park is.
- Are you a dog breeder, trainer, hobbyist, fosterer or own multiple dogs? Council is now actively engaging all owners within the Townsville City Council region to ensure that the relevant approvals are in place in accordance with Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011. Read our fact sheet for more information.
There are a number of initiatives council is involved in to promote responsible pet ownership within the community. Such initiatives include:
- Free Microchipping Days
- Hosting our Annual Pet Expo
- 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.
Preparing for an Emergency with Pets (PDF, 75.5 KB)
Find out more about disaster information for yourself, your family and your 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 Council on 13 48 10 or 0457 769 362.
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.
Maremma Sheepdog (PDF 151.9 KB)
The Maremma Sheepdog is not an out-going breed so, socialisation as a puppy is strongly recommended. They are friendly and loyal to their own family but need to be supervised when other children come to visit.
Mastiff (PDF 166.8 KB)
Obedience training is a must for such a large and powerful dog, in order to happily co-exist in the average household.
Papillon (PDF 159.0 KB)
Sweet natured and extremely intelligent, they are very even tempered, but are perhaps not suitable for young children because of the fine bone.
Pomeranian (PDF 174.1 KB)
The Pomeranian is a lively little dog which requires not much exercise. They like to keep their little brains busy and thrive on learning new tricks and commands.
Poodle (PDF 198.4 KB)
Poodles were originally bred as a type of water dog, which makes them very easy to train in many dog sports, including agility, obedience, tracking and even herding.
Pug (PDF 160.7 KB)
Most Pugs tend to be lazy if left to their own devices and so a brisk walk or game every day is needed.
Rhodesian Ridgeback (PDF 161.2 KB)
The Rhodesian Ridgeback has a delightful nature, being a faithful one-man or family dog and his friendship, once given, is for life.
Rottweiler (PDF 190.7 KB)
They are self-assured, alert and protective. Often wary towards strangers, it may be overly protective if it perceives that its family is being threatened, and it may attempt to “herd” children.
Shar Pei (PDF 187.1 KB)
They excel at obedience work and delight in pleasing their owners, which makes them a pleasure to train.
Shih Tzu (PDF 154.9 KB)
The Shih Tzu is intelligent, active, and alert and just love to be with you. They are friendly and independent.