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.

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Initiatives

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.

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 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.

Livestock

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

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.