Your pet and the community
Responsible pet ownership and social interaction can be a positive experience for everyone. Our policies and services balance the needs of pets and their owners with the needs of the whole community.
Our Companion Animal Management Plan explains how we keep pets and people safe and sets out your responsibilities as a pet owner.
Your pet’s behaviour is your responsibility
You need to train your pet and supervise them at home, in public places and in the neighbourhood to make sure they don’t become a public safety risk or a nuisance to your neighbours or to the community. This is a requirement of the NSW Companion Animals Act.
Good dog citizens
- don’t roam – so keep your fences secure
- don’t bark excessively – so feed your dog regularly, make sure they’re getting enough exercise, and deal with any problems of insecurity or boredom (your vet can help if you’re struggling for solutions, or contact us for recommendations). For more information and tips on how to reduce barking head to the RSPCA.
- are always on a leash in public places other than designated off-leash areas
- don’t leave poo in public places – so pick it up immediately, bag it and bin it
- don’t behave threateningly – so give them proper training.
The main challenge with cats is that they like to roam and hunt, particularly at night, and can harm native animals and disturb neighbourhoods. For the sake of everyone’s safety and sleep, please keep your cat inside at night. If your cat is allowed outdoors, make sure it’s microchipped and registered and wears a collar.
Cats can live a happy life contained in your property. They are less likely to become lost, injured, involved in cat fights and kill native wildlife. For more information about how you can contain your cat within you property and keep them happy head to the RSPCA.
Pets other than cats and dogs
Dogs and cats are the most visible pets in the neighbourhood. Other animals – birds, guinea pigs, rabbits etc. – keep a lower profile but can also annoy neighbours with noise or smells if they’re not properly looked after. As a responsible pet owner you need to keep their enclosures clean and secure, supply fresh food and water daily and keep noise to a minimum.
There are special rules about keeping chickens, pigs and other farm animals.