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

Siberian Husky (PDF 150.3 KB)

He is an independent thinker and doesn’t take too readily to obedience. Siberian Huskies are also fairly destructive when young and will chew anything in his domain, so if you value anything at all in that yard, move it.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier (PDF 206.5 KB)

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also known as the “Houdini of the dog world “as they will go under, over or through fencing to seek attention or affection.

Whippet (PDF 179.7 KB)

The Whippet looks like a small Greyhound and is a combination of muscular power and strength with elegance and grace.