Responsible Pet Ownership

Pets are an important part of our community bringing joy and companionship to many people. Council promotes responsible pet ownership through a series of programs for the benefit of the entire community.

As good pet owners, it is our responsibility to provide the love, care and attention necessary to make sure our pets are happy, safe and healthy. It also means knowing our responsibilities regarding ownership of our pets and local law requirements and being considerate of others who share our public places.

The management of domestic pets is a statutory service provided by local government under the Domestic Animals Act 1994. Under this Act, Council is responsible for:

  • Protecting the community and environment from nuisance cats and dogs
  • Ensuring registration and identification of cat and dogs
  • Identifying and controlling dangerous, menacing and restricted breed dogs
  • Registering domestic animal businesses and ensuring compliance with the codes of practice 
  • Developing strategies for the future direction of animal management services
  • Developing strategies for the future direction of animal management services.

A well cared for pet can be a valuable companion, improving our health and wellbeing and connecting us with other people in our community.

Council has a range of services and information relating to animals and pets, and encourages responsible pet ownership, including:

  • Registration, desexing and microchipping
  • Lost and found pets
  • Obedience training
  • Animal nuisance
  • Vets and pet owner groups
  • Multiple animal permits
  • Dog litter

See also the Whitehorse Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP).

Did you know?

In 2016/17, the City of Whitehorse had:

  • More than 15,000 registered dogs
  • More than 6,000 registered cats
  • 22 off lead dog parks