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For pet owners

Owning a pet can be great fun. It brings many rewards and pets can be a very important part of life. However, ownership also means responsibility. There are laws for pet owners that aim to protect your pet's health and safety, and help to protect the rights of other people and the environment.

Find out about pet registration, microchipping, tips for choosing a pet to suit your home and family, lost and found animals, how to manage your dog's barking, keeping chickens in your backyard, and what you can do if you are impacted by someone else's pet.

The essentials

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Responsible pet ownership

Pet owners are responsible for their animals' wellbeing and the impact their pet has on the community and environment.

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Choosing a pet

Choosing a pet is a big decision - consider your lifestyle, property, children and the associated costs to help you find the right pet for you.

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Registration and microchipping

Registration and microchipping are required by law. Your companion animals must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and registered by 6 months.

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Desexing your pet

Council encourages pet owners to desex cats and dogs at an early age. Find out about there are benefits and incentives, what is involved in desexing and some common myths.

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Local veterinary contacts

Addresses and contact details of some Eurobodalla veterinary surgeries.

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Lost, found or impounded animals

What to do when your pet is missing,
if you've found a pet or a stray animal,
where the pound is, how and when to
notify Council, and how to get in touch
with Council rangers.

The specifics

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Dogs on beaches and exercise areas

View our location maps that show where you can take your dog for exercise, and follow the rules signposted at those areas.

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Barking dogs

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog does not create a nuisance by barking excessively. Find out why dogs bark and how to manage them in different situations.

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Dangerous or menacing dogs

What it means for a dog to be declared dangerous or menacing, the requirements for owners of declared dangerous or menacing dogs, and possible penalties.

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Cat ownership

Information about responsible cat ownership, preventing your cat from killing wildlife, keeping them confined at night, and frequently asked questions about cats.

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Roosters and chickens

Information about keeping roosters and chickens in the backyard and what to do if you experience health or noise related issues.

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Companion Animal Management Plan

The plan aims to encourage responsible pet ownership and management of pets to the benefit of pets, the pet owner, the broader community and the environment.

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Companion animals FAQ

Common questions about microchipping, registration, and what to do if you change your address or your pet passes away, current lifetime registration fees.

Contact us

Contact us

If you have any questions about lost, found or impounded animals, or need more information about pet ownership, contact Council's rangers:
T: 4474 1019
E: Council rangers