Domestic Animal Management Strategy
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Sep 2020

Council adopted the Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Strategy 2014-2020 at its Ordinary Meeting on 16 October 2014.


Council has developed the strategy to:

  • promote and enhance responsible pet ownership across the region
  • inform the community about council’s role and future priorities in animal management.


The Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Strategy 2014-2020[2391KB] endorses the vision of ‘your pet, your responsibility’. Council understands that pets are an important part of people’s lives. They provide companionship and contribute to enhanced wellbeing in many homes and families. However, keeping a cat or dog is a large and often long-term commitment. Owners are responsible for keeping their animals healthy and safe. They must also ensure their animal:

  • is on a lead in a public place unless otherwise signed 
  • is well behaved
  • does not create a nuisance
  • does not endanger others.

The strategy assists by outlining:

  • the requirements and considerations that exist for keeping a cat or dog
  • what council does and needs to do to support responsible pet ownership over the next six years.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and council local laws direct animal management requirements and operations. 
The Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Strategy 2014-2020 expires at the end of this year. Council is currently preparing to update the Strategy for the next 10 years, and is seeking feedback from the community, both pet owners and non-pet owners. 

For more information about the strategy development refer to Domestic Animal Management Strategy Update


For more information, contact council - refer to the Coordinator Response Services.